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Your function within the department

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Netherlands combining a hospital and research laboratories in a single independent organization. It is a well-organized and dynamic, international cancer research institute accommodating approximately 650 researchers and research support staff and many of the clinicians actively involved in (clinical) research. It is an internationally renowned center covering fundamental, translational and clinical cancer research.

Statisticians within the Division of Epidemiology and Biometrics concentrate on methodological and statistical research and provide statistical expertise to clinicians and researchers on diverse topics from all areas of biomedical cancer research. A position is available for a fulltime


The successful candidate is expected to supervise 2 statisticians and together they provide state-of-the-art statistical expertise to researchers and doctors in the NKI as active statistical collaborators and consultants. This involves implementing (or developing) diverse statistical approaches to cover a wide range of topics including the design and analysis of observational studies, the identification of prognostic and predictive biomarkers, sample size calculations, risk prediction, as well as small sample statistics for animal and in vitro experiments. Statistical support also involves teaching an annual course in basic biostatistics and occasional teaching on more advanced statistical topics.  

Importantly, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to continue or develop an independent research line in the area of statistical methodology in clinical studies, with the prospect of establishing an independent research group.


Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hands-on, and proactive statistician with excellent English communication skills, who has the ability to facilitate and perform high quality science. Experience is required as the primary statistician on several large clinical and/or epidemiological studies including study design, grant application, analysis and reporting as well as some experience in supervising statisticians or programmers.

Other requirements are:
• a Master or PhD degree in (bio)statistics, mathematics, or physics, or equivalent qualifications;
• knowledge of statistical theory and methods;
• advanced command of statistical packages (e.g. SAS, STATA, or R)
• knowledge of the basic approaches used in clinical research and epidemiology;
• knowledge of the Dutch language or willingness to learn Dutch.
If you meet (most of) these requirements, we encourage you te apply for this position.


Your career opportunities and terms of employment

We offer a stimulating, collaborative and interactive research environment and a competitive salary. The NKI will give support for your move to the NKI, including assistance with visa and housing. The appointment will be for a period of 5 years, with the possibility of a tenure position.



For further information visit our home page ( or contact the Deputy Director of Research, prof. Lodewyk Wessels ( Applications, including a detailed curriculum vitae and, if applicable, an outline of the research program, should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Research, prof. Lodewyk Wessels ( or you can apply online at The closing date is March 31, 2019. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.