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Epidemiologist / Biostatistician / Biomedical researcher for a postdoc position

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 excellent scientific environment with plenty opportunities for learning and development, and we are a social and collaborative group.

We are looking for a postdoc to be involved in several ongoing projects on breast cancer risk and outcome. Our work spans the themes of precision medicine (and prevention) and survivorship. We investigate germline genetic variants for their role in breast cancer subtype development and prognosis. Where relevant, we translate and implement our findings in models and tools to facilitate shared decision-making by patients and physicians with the aim to prevent breast cancer (recurrence), reduce overtreatment, and improve outcome. You will be supervising junior students, responsible for the conduct and report of projects, performing analyses and reporting the results, writing new projects to acquire funding. You also maintain collaborations with other research groups, and you are pro-active in setting up new studies or acquiring new methods for data collection and/or analyses.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled, and proactive epidemiological/biomedical/statistical researcher (postdoc) who has the ability to facilitate high quality science.

Your profile:

  • A PhD degree in epidemiology, (bio)statistics, health sciences, biomedical science, or equivalent qualifications.
  • Experience with statistical software (e.g. STATA or R).
  • Proven scientific writing skills (peer-reviewed publications in international journals; projects).
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills because you will be working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Sufficient level of spoken and written Dutch to be able to work with Dutch databases and colleagues.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of (breast) oncology and/or genetics 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 for expats) 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 2 years with the opportunity to extend. The gross salary per month ranges from € 3.215,- to € 3.917 according to the postdoc 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 at
Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated.