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    Full-time Position Internship / Part Time
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    Software & Information Technology
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    • Date Posted
      August 26,2021
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    As a statistician you are responsible for guiding the statistical analyses on data from millions of cancer patients in The Netherlands and internationally, working in multi-disciplinary projects with epidemiologists, developers, analysts, data scientists and clinical informaticians. Are you up to the challenge to help us reduce the impact of cancer? We have an exciting opportunity for you!

    We are looking for a:

    32 - 36 hours/week
    Location Eindhoven / Utrecht

    NB. The official internal job title is Clinical Data Scientist

    In this position, you will apply your expertise in statistics to generate new insights from the Netherlands Cancer Registry (NCR) and other data on cancer and palliative care. You will work on several projects. One day you will be supporting the Personal Health Train team to conduct meaningful analyses on national and international data, the next you may be advising epidemiologists to predict the burden of cancer in 2030.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • perform statistical analyses to model the impact of cancer and provide understanding of outcomes to truly make a positive impact on cancer patients’ lives
    • create data-driven model prototypes and test your ideas with end-users
    • inspire us and contribute to the IKNL roadmap with your own ideas
    • engage in international collaborations with other cancer registries, institutions, and hospitals around the globe
    • communicate results and contribute to establishing a world-class innovation team for oncological and palliative care
    • support other scientific teams within IKNL on generating insights through novel statistical methods
    • work in a multidisciplinary team with data scientists, analysts, clinical informaticians, software engineers and epidemiologists


    • MSc (PhD preferred) with a strong emphasis on (bio)statistics (or a directly related discipline)
    • a minimum of 3 years working experience
    • comprehensive knowledge of statistical theory and methods
    • advanced knowledge of statistics software like R or Python (knowledge of other tools such as SAS or STATA is a plus)
    • knowledge of the basic approaches used in clinical research and epidemiology
    • excellent communication skills, ability to interact with professionals with various backgrounds and technical knowledge, and talent to explain statistical results to the non-statistician
    • enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and team player mindset with a genuine passion for improving the quality of healthcare
    • ability to motivate people to help you reach your targets


    • previous experience in working with oncological data and/or large, individual-level healthcare datasets
    • hands-on experience with reporting/visualization tools (e.g. Tableau, RMarkdown, RShiny, Mapbox, etc..)
    • publications in peer reviewed journals and/or abstracts in scientific conferences
    • experience in writing grants

    We offer

    • a young, dynamic, and diverse team
    • an inspiring, friendly work environment with a lot of freedom and development opportunities
    • the opportunity to work with an internationally unique data set with records of millions of cancer patients across The Netherlands
    • a challenging and meaningful job within an organization strongly investing in clinical informatics and data science
    • an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the quality of oncological care in The Netherlands, Europe and worldwide
    • a position for one year, with the possibility to extend
    • the ability to work with many national and international partners
    • terms of employment in accordance with the Collective Agreement for Hospitals (Cao ziekenhuizen)
    • a salary in function group 65, ranging from €3.774,- to €5.620,- based on a 36-hour workweek, excluding holiday pay
    • year-end bonus (full month)

    IKNL Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization and the Netherlands Cancer Registry

    The main goal of the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization (IKNL) is to reduce the impact of cancer, from the personal to the societal level. With the Netherlands Cancer Registry (NCR) as its core activity, IKNL enables health care professionals, researchers, policy makers and others to reflect on cancer and on palliative care. Together with care professionals, researchers, patients, and policy makers we translate data into valuable insights to improve oncological and palliative care.

    The Research and Development team

    The R&D team consists of experts in the fields of epidemiology, data analysis, software development, clinical data science, and clinical informatics. It acts as an incubator for creating new ways to generate new insights from distributed, semi-structured data, aimed at application in daily (clinical) practice. In close collaboration with care professionals, patients, and scientists, we research applications of prediction and decision support algorithms, anomaly detection, and federated learning. We develop FAIR data and knowledge services and a decision support platform to share these insights at the right moment with the right stakeholder at the point of care. The team collaborates closely with stakeholders internally and externally, such as hospitals, universities, and international cancer registries.

    Your Application

    Enthusiastic? We kindly receive your resume and application letter via the ‘solliciteren bij werkgever’ button in this vacancy. Please state your name at the start of the titles of the documents in PDF (f.e. John Smith resume.PDF).

    NB. There is no strict deadline to apply; this vacancy will close as soon as we find the right candidate.

    This vacancy can also be found at General information about IKNL can be found at

    We look forward to your application!

    Pre-screening on social media can be part of the application process.

    Parttime uren: 32-36 per week

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Permanent

    Salary: €3,774.00 - €5,620.00 per month

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