Data Scientist

The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is a new research hospital concentrating healthcare, research and education with regard to cancer in children in a single location in Utrecht. The institute aims to provide the highest level of care for all children with cancer and has the ambition to cure all children of cancer and significantly reduce unwanted side effects. The center brings together the best possible care and scientific research, creating a unique interdisciplinary institute for pediatric oncology in Europe.

Partanen research group
Children who experience cancer may develop neuropsychological impairments during or after treatment—this may include changes in cognition, behavior, or social-emotional functioning that have significant impacts on daily life. With our research, we aim to improve the early identification and intervention of these impairments. We bring together neuropsychological and biological approaches, with the ultimate aim of preventing further neuropsychological difficulties and improving quality of life in this group of children. Our current research team includes 3 PhD students and a research assistant, research nurse, master student, and coordinator.

Tasks and responsibilities
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic data scientist to work in our growing and multi-disciplinary team. In this position, you will support our researchers with algorithm development, statistical analyses, and data management. Our current projects include data collected from medical records, neuropsychological evaluations, an online questionnaire portal (KLIK), and neuroimaging scans (MRI). The integration of data across various sources and platforms is essential for our research, and thus, will be a key component of this position. There will also be opportunities to learn new methods and to collaborate with other bioinformaticians and statisticians in other research groups.


  • Master’s or equivalent degree in data science, computer science, or a related field
  • 2-3 years experience with programming or analyses
  • Experience with large data sets and various programming languages
  • Flexible, organized, and able to prioritize
  • Able to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary team as well as individually
  • Critical thinker and eager to learn
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English

We offer
A temporary research position (28-32 hours/week). The initial contract is one year, after which performance will be evaluated and the contract may be extended for three more years.

Gross monthly salary will depend on experience and background, starting in scale 55 (min. €2.882,- and max. €4.227,- per month based on 36 hours per week). On top of that you’ll receive a holiday allowance which is 8,33% (which is equal to a gross monthly salary) and 8,33% end-of-year bonus.

The Princess Máxima Center operates according to the collective labour agreement ‘cao algemene ziekenhuizen’.

Contact and application
If you are interested in this position, you can apply with a motivation letter and CV via the ‘apply’ button on this screen.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marita Partanen,

You can apply for this position until September 24, 2021. Potential candidates will be invited for interviews at end of September.

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