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Biostatistician/Bioinformatician/Epidemiologist for a PhD postition

Your function within the department

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam is a Comprehensive Cancer Centre combining a hospital and research laboratories in a single independent organization. The group of Marjanka Schmidt works in the Division of Molecular Pathology focussing on molecular and genetic breast cancer epidemiology. We offer an outstanding scientific environment with plenty opportunities for learning and development, and we are a social and collaborative group.

We are looking for a PhD student to work on a project funded by the Dutch Cancer Society. The overall goal of the project is to identify a subgroup of young women with triple negative breast cancer who are highly likely to survive without adjuvant systematic treatment. We will use a cohort of young breast cancer patients diagnosed before age 40, with comprehensive clinicopathological data and a median follow-up of over 15 years. In this cohort, we will use genomic and immune profiling techniques combined with statistical and computational methods to classify these patients to poor and good prognosis groups.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled, and proactive biostatistician/bioinformatician/epidemiologist who has the ability to facilitate high quality science.

You have:

  • A MSc degree in epidemiology, (bio)statistics, bioinformatics, computer science or equivalent qualifications.
  • Experience with statistical software (e.g. STATA or R).
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills because you will be working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of (breast) oncology, genetics and/or immunology would be appreciated.

Your career opportunities and terms of employment

Approximately 550 people work in the research laboratories. Research discussions, lectures and seminars in English and a large number of Dutch and non-Dutch postdocs, students and staff members contribute to the stimulating and international atmosphere of the Institute. We offer an inspiring and interactive research environment, state-of-the-art facilities, training, a competitive salary (including possibilities for tax-reduction) and housing facilities in the vicinity of the Institute. The Institute is located close to the city centre of Amsterdam and the international Schiphol airport.
The appointment will initially be for 4 years e gross salary per month will be from € 2.665,- € 3.282, according to the standard PhD scales and depends on previous experience. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals).


For further information please consult our website: or contact Marjanka Schmidt NB Dr Marleen Kok and Prof Sabine Linn, oncologists, will also be involved in the supervision.
Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated.