Junior group leader in artificial intelligence for oncology

Your function within the department

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) is an independent comprehensive cancer center located in the lively city of Amsterdam combining a research institute (NKI) and the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek cancer hospital (AVL) under one roof. The NKI focuses on five research themes: molecular oncology, precision medicine, immunotherapy, survivorship and image guided therapy. All these themes have a strong interest in exploiting the power of AI. We therefore seek outstanding individuals who wish to explore research challenges in oncology through artificial intelligence by employing large collections of medical and research data available at the institute. 

Your profile

AI infrastructure
The NKI hosts large and diverse collections of medical data from radiology, (molecular) pathology, radiation oncology and quality of life, both from clinical trials and routine treatments. Efficient methods for data retrieval and consent have been established. Various research groups in these disciplines seek active collaboration with an AI expert for biomarker research, automation and prediction. In addition, we expect the successful candidate to develop novel AI methodologies and provide leadership in the application thereof. High performance computing capacity is available both within the institute as well as through a collaboration with the national center for supercomputing.

Inspiring international atmosphere
Approximately 650 researchers are employed in the research laboratories. All of our research meetings are in English and a large number of international post-docs, students and staff members contribute to the open, collaborative atmosphere of the institute. Our cancer hospital treats about 40,000 patients annually and provides excellent opportunities for translational research and implementation of technological innovations.

Your career opportunities and terms of employment

Conveniently located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, we provide a stimulating and interactive research environment, use of all state-of-the-art facilities, and a competitive package to start a research group. This includes your own salary, salary for one additional position and, when external funding is not obtained yet, financial support for two additional positions. Junior group leaders will be offered a 5 year appointment. After 4 years they will be evaluated for a tenured position.


On this website you can find more information about the institute, its research program, research groups and facilities. You can also contact the Lodewyk Wessels (l.wessels@nki.nl) for more information. Applications, including a detailed curriculum vitae and a 2-4 page outline of the research program, should be addressed to the Director of Research, prof. RenĂ© Medema, and electronically sent to his secretary Marianne van Wieringen-Diepeveen (director@nki.nl). Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Important dates Application deadline: May 22, 2020
Notification of shortlisted applicants: June 4, 2020
Interviews of shortlisted candidates: June 25/26, 2020