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Phd Student Translational Gastrointestinal Oncology

Your function within the department

We are looking for a PhD student in the field of translational gastrointestinal oncology. Liquid biopsies contain minute amounts of cell-free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in blood plasma, derived from primary and metastatic lesions. Somatic DNA mutations are cancer-specific alterations and therefore reliably detectable even at very low levels. The aim of this project is to advance towards clinical implemention of liquid biopsy ctDNA-based tests as molecular biomarkers to improve disease management of stage III colon cancer patients.
This international multidisciplinary project is lead by Remond Fijneman (NKI, Translational Gastrointestinal Oncology group; head Gerrit Meijer) in close collaboration with Geraldine Vink (IKNL and UMCU, clinical studies), Veerle Coupé (VU University Medical Center, Health Technology Assessment), and the company Personal Genome Diagnostics (Baltimore, USA).

Your profile

We seek an ambitious PhD student to proactively tackle the project’s research questions. The candidate should have a (bio)medical master degree with strong affinity for both clinical studies and molecular biology. Strong commitment, high accuracy, excellent communication skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary biomedical research setting is required. Uw ontwikkelingsmogelijkheden en arbeidsvoorwaarden
You will join a dynamic international research team, and will collaborate with scientists with expertise in different disciplines. You will have the opportunity to follow high-quality courses offered by the OOA oncology graduate school throughout your PhD.

Your career opportunities and terms of employment

Your temporary employment will be for a period of four years. The gross salary per month will be according to the standard PhD scales. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals).


For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Remond Fijneman.
Applications can be submitted through the link below, and should include your CV, a motivation letter, and the contact information of your references.