Postdoctoral researcher in Cancer Epidemiology

Postdoctoral researcher in Cancer Epidemiology

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4 Feb 14 Feb Utrecht

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The research group Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Outcomes is looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher who excels in a stimulating, multi-disciplinary research environment.

Job description

The research group Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Outcomes is a new research group at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology and is focused on monitoring trends in childhood cancer incidence and survival, and advancing knowledge on care and survival disparities with the aim to guide care management and future research efforts. The uniqueness of our group is that research outcomes have the potential to be directly implemented in clinical practice improving the prognosis of children with cancer. The research is based on large population-based registry data supplemented with extensive information from clinical trials and biological samples.

We currently have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to participate in our research efforts and to write grant proposals and obtain funding for new research projects in collaboration with clinicians and other researchers. The work will be supported by the research group of Prof. Dr. Michel Zwaan (PI drug  development, head Trial and Data Center).

Your mission
The successful candidate is expected to conduct epidemiologic research focused on childhood cancer including acute myeloid leukemia. The candidate will write grants to set up new research lines. Other tasks and responsibilities will be statistical analyses of population-based registry data, writing scientific publications and presenting results at (international) conferences.


Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology


We evaluate scientific expertise, experience with epidemiological methods and research as well as competence within cancer epidemiology, when assessing applicants. We expect that the candidate has the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in epidemiology, preferably in the field of cancer.
  • Experience with writing and publishing scientific manuscripts.
  • Experience in registry-based epidemiologic research.
  • Experience with various statistical techniques, e.g. survival analyses and linear mixed model regression analyses.
  • Excellent writing skills in English.

Other meritorious competences are experience with statistical software SAS, Stata and/or R. The applicant will need to feel comfortable with working in teams, and demonstrate good interpersonal skills,  but also be sufficiently independent to formulate new hypotheses and critically examine the results.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

A post-doc position (32-36 hours a week) initially for one year with the option of extension. You will be working in a creative, inspiring and cross-disciplinary research environment. Your gross monthly salary will depend on experience and background with a maximum of EUR 4.466,- (scale 60). The Princess Máxima Center operates according to the collective labour agreement ‘cao algemene ziekenhuizen’.


The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is a research hospital concentrating healthcare, research and education with regard to cancer in children in a single location in Utrecht. The institute aims to provide the highest level of care for all children with cancer and has the ambition to cure all children of cancer and significantly reduce unwanted side effects. The center brings together the best possible care and scientific research, creating a unique interdisciplinary institute for pediatric oncology in Europe.


  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences; Health; Engineering
  • 32—36 hours per week
  • max. €4466 per month
  • Doctorate
  • SP Postdoc Cancer Epidemiology


Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

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