van Amerongen Lab - Developmental, Stem Cell & Cancer Biology

- Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences - University of Amsterdam -  


Now recruiting a new staff scientist with a focus on 3D tissue organoids (UD/assistant professor level)

Our vacancy for an UD / assistant professor with a focus on 3D tissue organoids closed on 31 December 2023. We are currently reviewing applications and applicants should hear back from us within the next few weeks.


At present we do not have any open (i.e. funded) postdoc positions.

Interested candidates bringing - or applying for - their own funding (such as MSCA-IF, EMBO or HFSP postdoctoral fellowships) can contact . In this case, please include your CV and a specific motivation and brief description of the topic you would like to work on.

PhD candidates

Early cell fate decisions using 3D cell culture models
Thanks to the award of a starters grant from the Dutch government awarded to Thijs van Boxtel, we are recruiting a PhD candidate to study early cell fate decisions using 3D cell culture models for embryonic development.
You can find a link to the vacancy by clicking here.
All applications must be submitted via the official vacancy website in order to be processed.

If you have questions or would like more information before applying, please contact .
The vacancy closes on 31 January 2024.

Single-cell dynamics in mammary gland organoids
Do you want to be part of a unique collaboration between our group at SILS and the labs of Sander Tans and Jeroen van Zon at AMOLF (right across the street)? In this cross-disciplinary (physics & biology) project, you will follow individual cells as they grow, move, and differentiate to form branched duct architectures in mammary gland organoids.
Using advanced 3D imaging, genetic engineering, and AI-driven cell tracking, you will reveal the dynamics and lineage relations between cells that are key to understanding development and differentiation. This proposal addresses crucial fundamental questions, while the results will also impact our understanding of breast cancer.
All applications must be submitted via the official vacancy website in order to be processed.

If you have questions or would like more information before applying, please contact .
You can also contact our colleagues at AMOLF. They control when the vacancy closes, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so do not wait too long to apply if you are interested.


We don't have any open positions at the moment.


We receive frequent requests from students that are looking for summer internships. Unfortunately, the lab does not offer these.

All of our internship positions for 2023-2024 are filled. We will be hosting 1 BSc and 2 MSc students in the wetlab this year. In addition, we have a shared 'dry lab' (i.e. computational) internship project with dr. Marten Postma (image data analysis).
Thanks to all students who applied this year - unfortunately we don't have space to accept all of you.

For students interested in joining us in the future, our research internship selection procedure and policies are as follows:

- We always aim for the best match between ongoing research projects in the lab, available supervisors, and different students based on mutual interest. Moreover, we strive for a mix between BSc and MSc students.
- The maximum number of students we can host at any one time is determined by the available bench space and supervision. Typically, this means that we have max. 5 positions available each academic year.
- In the past, we have always had more interest from students than we had spots available (we typically receive more than 20 applications), which is why we usually meet with all students and make our selection for the upcoming internship season (January-August) in late October or early November.
- You can always contact or at an earlier time to add your name to the list of interested candidates. Please make sure your first e-mail is complete: include an up to date CV and a short motivation for why you are interested to work with us.
- Everything else being equal, we will give preference to students from the University of Amsterdam and, if needed, to students from programs/tracks/courses that the lab is actively involved in.

Note that we also have smaller or larger internship projects for the more computationally inclined:

- We have some bioinformatics and image analysis projects (and questions/problems) that are well suited for students from the MSc Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (collaboration with dr. Marten Postma) or the MSc major Big Biomedical Data Analysis (collaboration with dr. Martijs Jonker).
- For these students, a second supervisor with the relevant bioinformatics or image data analysis expertise will be sought.
- Interested? Then contact .