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PhD Student Biostatistics
Netherlands Cancer Institute

Company Information: The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam is a Comprehensive Cancer Center combining a hospital and research laboratories in a single independent organization. The Biostatistics Group (Dr. Michael Hauptmann) within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentrates on methodological and statistical research. The group also provides statistical expertise to clinicians and other investigators on diverse topics from all areas of biomedical cancer research.

Position Title: PhD Student Biostatistics

Duties and Responsibilities: We are looking for an enthusiastic, hands-on, and proactive statistician with excellent English communication skills and the ambition to pursue a PhD in Biostatistics.

The project “Statistical assessment of cancer risks from therapeutic radiation exposure incorporating the spatial distribution of radiation dose in the target organ” is funded by the Dutch Cancer Society. The innovative aspect is the statistical incorporation of the spatial distribution of radiation dose in the target organ. The project involves simulation studies and implementation and application of various methods to case-control data on meningioma among childhood cancer survivors and breast cancer among Hodgkin lymphoma survivors. Finally, the utility of the dose distribution for risk prediction will be assessed. The project team includes the PhD student, a programmer and a radiologic technologist, and is a collaboration with the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam/DCOG-LATER Study Group, the US National Cancer Institute, Institute Gustave Roussy, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Tasks include statistical research, programming, data analysis, scheduling and leading meetings with collaborators, presentation of results, preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication, attending courses for professional development, statistical support of researchers, teaching and participation in department meetings.

Position Qualifications: The position requires:
– A Master degree in (bio)statistics, mathematics, or physics, or equivalent qualifications;
– Knowledge of statistical theory and methods;
– Some experience with the statistical analysis of epidemiologic studies;
– Knowledge of basic approaches used in clinical research and epidemiology;
– Programming skills in software such as SAS, STATA or R;
– Strong command of the English language.

Salary Range: EUR 2.567-3.162

Benefits: You will be employed for a period of 4 years. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals).


Application Information: Please send cover letter and resume to

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Application Deadline: 05/04/2017