Postdoc in Psychosocial Factors and Cancer Incidence Consortium
Amsterdam University Medical Center

What will you do
As of December 2019, we have a vacancy for a postdoc on the PSY-CA project, an exciting, international research project on psychosocial factors, health behaviors, and cancer.

Over the last decades, it has been repeatedly suggested that psychosocial factors (including depression) may lead to the onset of cancer, possibly in specific subgroups (moderation). Health behaviors (such as smoking) are hypothesized to mediate the association between psychosocial factors and cancer. The evidence to support these hypotheses is conflicting.

By performing pre-planned two-stage meta-analyses in 11 cohorts in the Netherlands and 7 international cohorts, the PSY-CA consortium aims to provide evidence based conclusions on (a) psychosocial risk factors for the onset of cancer, (b) moderation by specific factors, and (c) health behaviors as mediating mechanisms. These three issues (a, b and c) are addressed in three separate work packages. Amsterdam UMC is leading work package c. The project is funded by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).


Your tasks are to:
- analyse data from two cohort studies (NESDA & LASA ) for all three work packages’ research questions;
- meta-analyse the results of all cohorts for work package c research questions;
- write scientific publications on the meta-anayses of work package c, and contribute to publications from work package a and b;
- assist the work package leader with project management.


Your working environment
The department of psychiatry of VU University Medical Center (VUmc) and mental health care institute GGZ inGeest collaboratively conduct research, education and academic patient care. This unique collaboration allows the research to be truly translational, yielding high quality research that bridges science and public mental health issues, connecting worlds that often remain separated. Our research line strongly focuses on the most common psychiatric disorders: (unipolar and bipolar) depressive disorders and anxiety disorders. Additional overarching themes are old-age psychiatry and the interaction between somatic and psychiatric disorders (soma & psyche). Our research is embedded in two VU research institutes: Amsterdam Public Health and Amsterdam Neuroscience. In this research area more than 150 persons from different disciplines (e.g. psychiatry, psychology and health science) collaborate. For more information on the Psychiatry department, please visit our website.

For the project, you will work closely with the work package leader, dr. Femke Lamers (Psychiatry), but also with researchers from the department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics that houses the LASA study. You will interact with postdocs of other work packages (at UMCG and UMC Utrecht), and researchers of the the participating cohort studies. You will also accompagny the work package leader to PSY-CA consortium meetings.

Organization PSY-CA Consortium
The project is divided into five work packages: one for Management, a second for Harmonization and standardisation, and three analytical work packages (a, b en c). The project is being managed by a Steering group: dr. Lonneke van Tuijl (UMCG - central principal investigator), prof. dr. Joost Dekker (Amsterdam UMC; psychologist, project leader and chair of the Steering group), dr. Alexander de Graeff (UMC Utrecht; medical oncologist), dr. Adri Voogd (Maastricht University; epidemiologist), and prof. dr. Adelita Ranchor (UMCG, psychologist). The consortium exists of the Steering group plus representatives of all Dutch cohorts contributing to PSY-CA.




Salary scale:  10 (2826 tot 4481 euro based on a 36 hour week), depending on qualifications and experience.

In addition we offer:

  • Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay.
  • Your pension premium will be paid by us for 2/3.
  • We reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs).


We offer a postdoc position for a period of 26 months.


For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (a declaration of good behaviour).


Offer Requirements



We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest in psycho-oncology. You have excellent organizational, communicative and cooperative skills, but are also be able to work independently and precisely on the analyses required for the project.


In addition, you meet the following requirements and experience:

- You have a PhD in biomedical science, behavioral science, medicine or related fields;

- You have experience with data management and/or working with large cohort databases;

- You have demonstrable affinity with research on psychosocial factors and somatic disease;

- You have excellent communication skills in English (written and verbal);

- Preferably, you have experience with meta-analyses.


Selection process

For more information about this position, you can contact dr. Femke Lamers, via telephone number: 020-7884643.

For more information about the application procedure, you can contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter, via telephone number: 020-4445635.

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