PhD Scholarship in Cancer Immunology at Amsterdam UMC

Postdoc in Netherlands

PhD Scholarship in Cancer Immunology Amsterdam UMC is offering an exciting PhD scholarship opportunity within the SPACETIME project, focused on understanding the tumour microenvironment and its evolution. This program is part of the prestigious Horizon Europe – Mission Cancer programme and aims to advance knowledge in lung cancer through interdisciplinary collaboration.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Cancer Immunology at Amsterdam UMC

Summary Table:

DesignationPhD Student
Research AreaCancer Immunology
LocationAmsterdam UMC, Location VUmc
Eligibility/QualificationMaster’s degree in a relevant field (biomedical sciences, biotechnology, etc.)
Contract TypeProject-based, 4 years
Salary€3,017 – €3,824
Application DeadlineJuly 6, 2024

Designation: PhD Student in Cancer Immunology

Research Area: Cancer Immunology with a focus on understanding the tumour microenvironment through projects on glycobiology, immunometabolism, and T cell responses.

Location: Amsterdam UMC, Location VUmc, Netherlands


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g., biomedical sciences, biotechnology)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work with animal models (Art. 9 possession is an advantage)
  • Practical laboratory experience (e.g., cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry) is an advantage
  • Affinity with bioinformatics (e.g., programming in R, image analysis software) is an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work in an international team and adhere to strict deadlines

Job Description: We are seeking three PhD students for the following projects:

  1. Project 1: Led by Prof. Yvette van Kooyk, focusing on how sialic acid/Siglec interactions mediate immune suppression in the tumour microenvironment.
  2. Project 2: Led by Dr. Jan Van den Bossche, investigating metabolic interactions within the tumour microenvironment that drive suppressive myeloid cell functions.
  3. Project 3: Led by Dr. Marieke Fransen and Dr. Febe van Maldegem, examining local and systemic tumour-specific T cell responses during lung cancer development.


  • Initial contract for 12 months, extendable for another 36 months upon evaluation
  • Salary scale OIO: €3,017 to €3,824 (based on a full-time workweek), depending on qualifications and experience
  • Additional benefits: 8.3% end-of-year bonus, 8% holiday pay
  • Modern pension scheme at BeFrank
  • Excellent accessibility with public transportation and reimbursement of a large portion of travel expenses
  • Ample opportunities for personal development and academic training
  • Access to large collections of patient material and collaboration with leading research groups across Europe

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a brief motivation letter specifying their preferred project, along with their CV, by July 6, 2024. The first round of interviews will take place in the last week of August, with a potential start date from October 1, 2024.

For inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Febe van Maldegem at and Dr. Marieke Fransen at For application procedure questions, reach out to Chey Edwards, Recruitment Advisor, at

Last Date for Apply: July 6, 2024

For more details on employment conditions, visit the Amsterdam UMC employment conditions page.



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