Scientific Research Coordinator

The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology 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 in Utrecht brings together the best possible care and scientific research, creating a unique interdisciplinary institute for pediatric oncology in Europe.

Large-scale data have transformed biomedical research into a data intensive research field. Genomics, biomedical imaging and pathology are at the forefront of digitalization in biomedical research. This revolution opens up opportunities for application of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to turn vast amounts of data into knowledge. Within the Máxima, we are taking transformative steps towards building ML and AI ready data infrastructures that exploit existing data collections of sequenced cancer genomes, radiotherapy images and pathology slides. To support these efforts, we are looking for a scientific research coordinator who, as part of an EU project, can take the lead in selecting and drafting uses cases, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, write work packages and project proposals as well as coordinate activities towards establishing such an infrastructure.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Coordinating activities with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assisting group leaders and principal investigators in collecting and redirecting AI use cases addressing urgent clinical or research needs.
  • Writing follow-up work packages and project proposals related to data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Monitoring progress and report on project milestones and deliverables.
  • Coordinating future activities towards establishing an AI-ready data infrastructure.
  • Advising on compliancy regarding relevant codes of conduct, legislation and domain specific standards.
  • Communicating results.
  • Liaising with related (inter)national partner institutes and programs.

Education and skills

We expect a highly motivated candidate who:

  • Has a PhD in a relevant subject area, or has significant experience with research coordinating tasks.
  • Has a pro-active attitude, is able to align diverse stakeholder views and create an inclusive environment.
  • Has a broad understanding of operational aspects of biomedical research, and how data and software is applied within research projects.
  • Has excellent communication skills in English and Dutch, is flexible, versatile and a good team player in a dynamic environment.

We offer

A temporary position as a scientific research coordinator for at least 28 hours a week, initially for one year with the possibility of an extension. You will be working in a very stimulating and cross-disciplinary clinical and research environment, combining cutting-edge clinical care with state-of-the-art data infrastructures. Gross monthly salary will depend on experience and background with a maximum of €3.389,- and maximum of €4.964,- (FWG scale 60). The Princess Máxima Center is covered by the collective labor agreement “algemene ziekenhuizen”.

Contact and application

You can apply for this position until August 31, by pressing the “apply” button on this screen. Potential candidates will be invited for interviews in the beginning of September.

For more information contact Dr. Hans Merks, group leader & pediatric oncologist ( or Dr. Patrick Kemmeren, group leader & head Big Data Core (

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