Independent group leader in Onco-Immunology

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is planning to strengthen its immunology research program and is looking for a group leader to join to our program of basic, translational and clinical research in the field of onco-immunology.

We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated individual with a PhD or MD/PhD degree and successfully completed post-doctoral training in a relevant area of onco-immunology. The ideal candidate has a track record in using state-of-the-art techniques to investigate cancer immunotherapy, either in the context of immune checkpoint inhibitors, adoptive T-cell-based therapeutics or related areas. Applicants must provide a record of scientific excellence through publications and acquisition of funding/fellowships. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong and exciting research line, and catalyze our ongoing onco-immunology research.


We are looking for a team player, with a desire to clinically translate cancer biology concepts, and is admissible to back-translate questions that arise from the clinical application of cancer immunotherapy. The candidate should have a track record of successful collaboration with clinicians and a genuine interest in clinically relevant research aimed at improving patient care. The candidate will benefit and contribute to our successful interdisciplinary research environment and the close cooperation within the Cancer Research Center Groningen and the various associated oncological and immunology departments within the UMCG.


The successful candidate is expected to build or extend an independent research line, at an internationally competitive level.

Excellent scientific achievements in cancer immunology research, as documented by internationally recognized research publications and presentations at scientific conferences.

The candidate is expected to raise extramural research funding. A track record in securing external funding is an asset.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Affinity with teaching for (under)graduate students.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

job type
organisation University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
department Cancer Research Center Groningen
location Groningen

The successful applicant can be hired at the tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor level, and salary and starting package are depending on experience and track-record. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Academic Medical Centers (CAO-UMC)

More information
For more information about this vacancy you may contact:
Prof. dr. Marcel van Vugt, (please do not use for applications)

Applying for a job

Please use the digital application form - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 29 September 2019.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

organization profile

The UMCG is linked to the University of Groningen (UG), where research, teaching, professional training and patient care are closely integrated, and the research facilities are excellent. The UMCG has an excellent track record in translational and clinical oncology research. In a multidisciplinary approach, world-class pre-clinical and clinical studies are performed on adoptive T cell-based treatments, tumor vaccination and immune checkpoint inhibitors, in which molecular imaging plays a prominent role.
More than 60 principle investigators are connected within the Cancer Research Center Groningen (CRCG), which is part of our Comprehensive Cancer Center. Within our cancer center, extensive bio-banking of well-characterized cohorts is performed, which forms a strong asset for current and future research activities. Applicant has access to state-of-the-art core facilities, including our flow cytometry, advanced microscopy, genomics and animal facilities.

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