The PSY-CA consortium (PSYchosocial factors and CAncer incidence) is looking for an excellent postdoc for an exciting, international research project on psychosocial factors, health behaviors, and cancer.

29 uur / Salarisindicatie: 2659 tot 4216 euro / Vast contract, bepaalde tijd


Your work environment

AMC and VUmc join forces in a merger and are managed as a whole from now on. At Amsterdam UMC, AMC and VUmc work together on excellent care for our patients, we educate promising talents to become a doctor or nurse and we improve the future healthcare thanks to high quality and (inter)nationally recognized scientific research. Together we can do that so much better than alone.
The postdoc is working at the Department of Psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. The Department has a longstanding tradition in top-end research on the soma-psyche interface and is embedded in the recently established Amsterdam Public Health research institute. See: amsterdamresearch

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. The project is funded by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).

Your challenge

The postdoc is the central principal investigator on the project. The post doc will prepare the local analyses and central meta-analyses; coordinate the execution of local analyses and central meta-analyses; and perform the central meta-analyses on (a) psychosocial risk factors for the onset of cancer. The post doc is (co)author on all publications. The project is being managed by a Steering group – the post doc is member of the Steering group. Other members of the Steering group are prof. dr. Joost Dekker (psychologist), dr. Alexander de Graeff (medical oncologist) and dr. Adri Voogd (epidemiologist).

The postdoc will be working in a stimulating, multidisciplinary research environment, with a large number of international colleagues. The postdoc will be in the position to develop a strong, international profile on psychosocial factors, health behaviors, and cancer; on meta-analysis; and on managing a large scale international study.

Your profile

  • A PhD in biomedical science, behavioral science, medicine or related fields;
  • Experience with research on psychosocial factors and somatic disease;
  • Preferably, experience with meta-analyses;
  • Excellent communicative and cooperative skills;
  • Flexibility in working hours, related to management of the the project and travelling;
  • Fluent in English;
  • You are highly ambitious and keen to develop a profile in the (psycho-oncology) research area.

We offer

Salary Scale 10: 2659 tot 4216 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

For this position the maximum salary is € 3.582.
Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc offers an attractive benefits package with 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay. For more detailed information, please visit: (Dutch version).

Additional information

We offer an initial contract for 12 months that can be extended (after evaluation) for another 27 months. For the first 12 months (preparation phase), the contract is 0.8 fte. For the next 16 months (coordination and central meta-analyses on a), the contract is 0.9 fte. For the final 11 months (coordination), the contract is 0.28 fte.

The projected starts latest December 1, 2018. The Dutch Cancer Society needs to provide final approval.

Your application should include a motivation letter, a CV, a brief description of past research experience and contact information for at least two people that could provide letters of reference.


Don’t hesitate to call or email us! If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Prof. Joost Dekker, via telephone number +3120.44440763. If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Faisca Stuiver, corporate recruiter at +3120.4445635. You can apply till 24 August 2018 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.