Vacature: Scientific Biobank Coordinator

Deze vacature is aangedragen door Sanquin.

We offer a one of a kind opportunity to become part of the Sanquin Future Health donor biobank during its installation and commissioning. The Department Donor Medicine Research, part of Donor Studies research group, Sanquin Research in Amsterdam is looking for a Scientific Biobank Coordinator.

Sanquin Future Health makes use of left-over materials from blood and plasma donations for scientific research on health and disease prediction and prevention. Initially, a total of 15,000 donors will be included and followed-up every 6 months with new sampling and questionnaires.
This high-frequency sampling, Sanquin’s nationwide coverage, and linkage to external data sources enables longitudinal studies and machine learning into biomarker and exposome interactions preceding and during early (pre)stages of developing disease.
Our ultimate goal is to contribute to disease prevention, thereby limiting the burden of disease and reducing societal health care costs, through long term examination of hundreds of thousands of yearly donations. You will have a pivotal role in realizing this new cornerstone of data collection and interpretation. The data have a unique source (i.e. from healthier-than-average persons) and, as such, are to be a one of a kind source to scientific researchers, possibly on a global scale.

Your responsibilities
Core activities include:

  • Drafting an overall program plan in close collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Setting up and executing all tasks related to an overall data management plan.
  • Installing a biobank committee and defining the protocol and guidelines for data and sample access.
  • Building and extending a network of (inter)national experts for collaborative studies. Coordinate requests for data and sample usage.
  • Apply for research funding to secure efficient usage of the materials and running business and to expand the biobank activities.
  • During the current installation phase of the biobank you provide scientific support to a (temporary) program manager. This person manages the initiation of the biobank through related subprojects that are conducted together with our colleagues from Sanquin Research, Sanquin Blood Bank, Sanquin’s IT Department and Sanquin Diagnostics.


  • PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, or a related field.
  • Experience with longitudinal studies, machine learning, public health, and/or disease prevention.
  • BROK-certified (preferably acquired before, or within 12 months after starting at Sanquin).
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Broad experience in biobanking, sample management and data management.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across several teams within and outside the organization.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and excellent networking capacities.
  • Proven success in acquiring research funds is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with basic laboratory techniques is an asset.
  • Persevering, highly motivated and a true team player.

Where you will be working
Sanquin is a unique organization. To the general public we are best known for the Blood Bank, the division responsible for guaranteeing the blood supply in the Netherlands. But Sanquin does much more: many researchers and specialists around the world know Sanquin for their outstanding scientific research and diagnostic services in the field of blood and related topics. Sanquin employs around 2000 employees who spend each day making their own contribution to our social responsibility: Together with the donor we ensure a better life for patients.

As a Biobank Coordinator you will work at Donor Studies, a research group within the Department of Donor Medicine Research of Sanquin Research. Sanquin Research is internationally recognized as a leading player in research on Transfusion Medicine and Immunology in the broadest sense. The close collaboration with the Blood Bank offers the unique possibility to investigate variances in health and the development of diseases in healthy individuals all across the Netherlands. Click on the following links for more info on Donor Studies projects and Sanquin Research.

We offer

  • A 0.8-1.0 fte position for 1 year, with the intention to extend to a permanent position.
  • Pay and terms of employment in accordance with the Sanquin Collective Labour Agreement, FWG 60, €3,308-4,811 based on a 36-hour working week.
  • 8.33% end-of-year bonus, i.e. a thirteenth month in case of full-year employment, and 8.33% holiday allowance;
  • 201 hours of leave with full-time employment (36 hours/week).
  • Collective agreements with various insurers.
  • A multiple-choice system that enables employees to select their own preferred terms of employment.
  • Various training courses and educational opportunities, a personal development budget and access to the Sanquin Academy.
  • Travel reimbursement.

Additional information
For more information about the position, please contact Katja van den Hurk, Head of Donor Studies at Sanquin Research: 0031-612143612, Submissions are open until January 26, 2022. Apply by sending us your CV including contact details of 2 references and your cover letter, addressed to Katja van den Hurk, using this ‘Apply’ button! A Pre-employment screening can be a part of the procedure.

Acquisition is not appreciated. Sanquin does not accept unsolicited help from agencies for vacancies. CVs sent (in any form whatsoever) by placement agencies to any Sanquin employee without a valid written search by HR Sanquin are considered property of Sanquin for which no compensation is owed in any way.

Datum plaatsing: 23 december 2021