Scientific Assistent – Den Boer group

The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is a new nationwide research hospital concentrating healthcare, research and education with regard to cancer in children and is located at the Utrecht Science Park de Uithof. The institute has the ambition to give the best treatment to children with cancer with the highest cure rate and the least side effects of (often complex) anti-cancer treatment. The center brings together the best possible care and scientific research, creating a unique comprehensive childhood cancer center in Europe.

The research group of Prof.dr. Monique den Boer (17fte) focusses on the discovery of new (genetic) lesions and targets for precision medicines to improve the clinical outcome for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Our 25-year track record in preclinical/translational research has resulted in knowledge being implemented in new treatment protocols, and our journey continues to further improve the specificity of anti-leukemia treatment. We have expertise in so-called pathobiological studies addressing which (combination of) genetic lesions characterize the patients’ leukemia, how these lesions functionally contribute to therapy resistance and how these lesions affect the behavior of leukemic cells and the interaction with the bone marrow microenvironment. This information is essential to develop strategies that kill leukemic cells more specifically. Our group closely collaborates with the clinical teams and the Data and Trial Center (headed by Prof.dr. Zwaan) in which new therapies are being evaluated.

 Tasks and responsibilities scientific assistant
The scientific assistant will support the principal investigator with office tasks including a.o. organizing meetings and conference calls, archiving, secretarial work and communication. In addition, the scientific assistant will be responsible for the sample logistics and basic data management of international clinical trials in which the Den Boer group is involved and which are linked to the Data and Trial Center of our institute.

Education and skills
We are looking for a candidate with a relevant background in biomedical sciences (HLO/HBO or equivalent thereof) who likes to be engaged in research office tasks. Affinity with data management systems such as Open Clinica and Castor is preferred. Our group welcomes candidates who are curious and eager to learn, like to work in a multidisciplinary team and who have excellent communicative skills in Dutch and English.

We offer
We offer a position in an inspiring research environment for at least 24hrs per week. You will initially be appointed for a period of 1 year, with a possible extension to 2 or more years. Your gross monthly salary will depend on experience and background, starting in scale 40/45 with 8,33% gross monthly salary holiday allowance and 8,33 % end-of-year bonus. The Princess Máxima Center operates according to the collective labor agreement ‘cao algemene ziekenhuizen’.

For more information about the job description please contact: Prof.dr. Monique den Boer (

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