Bioinformatics research scientist (PhD in bioinformatics or similar expertise) – Molenaar Group

The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is a fast-growing research hospital for children with cancer. The institute houses an increasing number of research groups, which aim to develop cures with minimal long-term side effects for all children with cancer. In May 2018, the new building for the Princess Máxima Center opened its doors with the aim to centralize all pediatric cancer treatment and research in the Netherlands. The Molenaar Group is a large translational research groups in the Princess Máxima Center with 5 postdocs, 1 bioinfo postdoc, 6 PhDs and 5 technicians.

The Molenaar group at the Princess Máxima Center aims at the translation of molecular genetic knowledge on pediatric solid tumors in new clinical applicable therapeutic interventions. There is a specific focus on pediatric neuroblastoma, as children with high risk neuroblastoma have a survival chance of only 30-40%. Genomic aberrations in neuroblastoma are identified by analysis of patient tumors using high-throughput profiling techniques such as WGS, WES, (single cell) RNA sequencing, gene expression profiling and methylation profiling. To study the association between the tumor genomics and drug response and identify drug combination strategies to prevent or overcome resistance to single agent therapy, we set up a high-throughput screening platform using robotics. Single drugs and drug combinations are tested in classical cell lines and 3D patient-derived organoids. All these techniques are imbedded in our iTHER precision medicine program.

The primary tasks of the candidate are

  • To perform processing and integrative analysis of all high-throughput data with the ultimate goal to identify biomarkers and guide patient treatment.
  • To generate reusable analytic tools for the above purposes that fit in our current bioinformatics platforms. This should be done in close collaboration with the bioinformatics research groups from Patrick Kemmeren (our institute) and Jan Koster (Amsterdam UMC).
  • To generate analytic methodologies and tools for compound sensitivity analysis.
  • To report the relevant outcomes of all these analyses in our precision medicine program.

Education and skills

For the offered position, we are looking for a highly enthusiastic and motivated bioinformatics research scientist with a great interest in omics-based cancer research and data integration. You have programming experience with R, Perl, Python, Java and/or C. You are familiar with the development of algorithms for the analysis of high-throughput genomics data. You like to collaborate and support other researchers and you are keen on clear communication with colleagues about research methods and results.

We offer

A temporary, fulltime position as a senior bioinformatics research scientist in a very stimulating and cross-disciplinary research environment. Your gross monthly salary will depend on experience and background. The Princess Máxima Center operates according to the collective labor agreement ‘cao algemene ziekenhuizen’.

Contact and application

You can apply for this position until January 15th by pressing the apply button on this screen.

We welcome you to contact Dr. Jan Molenaar ( or Dr. Sander van Hooff ( for additional information about the vacancy.

Detailed information about the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology can also be found at


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