Bioinformatician cancer genomics

Kuiper Group


The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is a recently started, fastly growing research hospital for children with cancer. The institute houses an increasing number of research groups, which aim to develop cures for all children with cancer with minimal long-term side effects of existing treatment.

The group of Childhood Cancer Genetics and Predisposition aims to identify and investigate genetic aberrations involved in the process of cancer initiation and progression in order to understand genetic predisposition and disease recurrence. Our research projects focus around two major themes:

  • identification of genetic abnormalities associated with childhood cancer predisposition
  • the genomic aberrations associated with therapy resistance and relapse in leukemia

Within the group we currently have a vacancy for an experienced bioinformatician to support various projects in the group.


Research Project

The growing availability of genome-wide profiling and sequencing technologies revolutionizes our understanding of cancer genomes, and provides us with opportunities to better predict risks for cancer development, progression, and response. Single gene mutations have been identified with a major impact on cancer risk and outcome. In the majority of cases, however, the cause of cancer onset and progression is dependent on a more complex interplay between genetic factors, which is more challenging to elucidate. We try to unravel this interplay of genetic factors by applying sophisticated analysis of whole genome sequencing and transcriptomics data of both tumor samples and normal inherited DNA, with the ultimate aim to identify novel genes and mechanisms involved in an individual’s risk for cancer development and therapy response.


Tasks and responsibilities

The bioinformatician will participate and coordinate bioinformatics tasks within the group, support various projects from PhD students and postdocs, and remain up to date with respect to new developments in the field.

Specific tasks will include:

  • the development and implementation of state of the art technologies and pipelines for the annotation and analysis of germline sequencing data from childhood cancer patients. Whole genome sequencing data from over 200 individuals are available and need to be analyzed.
  • the extraction of mutational spectra and signatures from tumor sequencing data to unravel pathological mechanisms that are active during tumorigenesis.
  • integration of genomic germline and somatic data to find novel clues for cancer predisposition.
  • Interpretation of genomic findings in a biological context.
  • Ambition to initiate new research projects is strongly encouraged.

The candidate will operate in a strongly integrated team of bioinformaticians from different research groups within the institute as part of the bioinformatics expertise core, with connections to bioinformatics groups from the Utrecht campus.


Education and skills

  • PhD in bioinformatics or MSc in bioinformatics with minimal 3 years of experience
  • Experience in command line scripting, statistical programming (e.g. R) and other programming languages (e.g. Python, Java)
  • Experience with next generation sequencing data analysis, including genome sequencing
  • Strong drive for career in science
  • Strong communicative skills
  • Self-critical mindset
  • Independent working style with strong focus to (interdiciplinary) collaboration


Working at the Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

We offer a full-time position based on 36 hours per week. You will start on a temporary position for the duration of two years that -when satisfactory- will be extended.

Salary is based on postdoc or MSc salary scales depending on years of experience. The Princess Máxima Center operates according to the collective labor agreement ‘cao algemene ziekenhuizen’.


Apply for this position?

You can apply for this position until March 1st by pressing the apply button on this screen.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. R.P. Kuiper ( Detailed information about the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology can also be found at

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