Mass Spectrometry & Metabolomics Position

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology

17 Apr 2018


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology

Sarah-Maria Fendt Lab

Scientific Services and Support



We (Laboratory for Cellular Metabolism and Metabolic Regulation; Fendt Lab) are a young and dynamic  team of researchers performing cutting-edge cancer metabolism research with special focus on cancer  metastasis and novel metabolic pathways. We exploit in vivo mouse models, metabolomics and 13C tracer analysis to gain groundbreaking insights into metabolism as a driving force of cancer progression. Our work is published in high profile journals such as Nature, Nature Communications, Cell Reports, and Nature Immunology. We have a strong international recognition and top collaboration partners all over the world. 

The VIB-KULeuven Center for Cancer Biology (CCB), located on the Campus Gasthuisberg of the University of Leuven, contributes to the better understanding of the biology that underlies cancer initiation, progression and metastatic dissemination with the ultimate goal to develop more effective and specific anti-cancer (combination) therapies. CCB is currently composed of more than 200 scientists in 12 independent research groups and units. Our scientific interest lies in various hallmarks of tumors and their microenvironment, including inflammation, metabolism, and genetic and epigenetic regulating circuits. CCB fosters an interdisciplinary environment and a close collaboration with the Comprehensive Cancer Center LKI and the University Hospital, both located on the same campus, to promote translational research. 

VIB is an entrepreneurial and vibrant non-profit research institute in Flanders-Belgium with a clear focus on groundbreaking research in life sciences. About 1500 scientists and technologists from over 60 countries are based at the 5 Flemish Universities of Ghent, Leuven, Antwerp, Brussels and Hasselt, and are studying the broad spectrum of molecular mechanisms that regulate the functions of the human body, plants and microorganisms.


Are you an expert in metabolomics with a dedication to support cutting-edge research?  You have a strong expertise (e.g. industrial engineer) or a PhD in mass spectrometry and metabolomics (or proteomics). You are experienced using bioinformatics tools and programming (Matlab, R,…).
You like to manage, troubleshoot and maintain mass spectrometry instruments for metabolomics and 13C tracer analysis applications. You are skilled in organizing an efficient system operation, developing new methods, analyzing samples and interpreting mass spectrometry data. You like taking responsibility for collaborative projects and enjoy working with people and within a team. Good communicative and analytical thinking skills are indispensable.

We offer

  • State of the art gas and liquid chromatography-coupled mass spectrometry instruments
  • Responsibility and independence to operate these instruments within our group
  • Collaboration with the institutional metabolomics core facility and access to additional top instruments
  • Cutting-edge cancer research and joined projects with (inter)national academic and industrial research groups
  • Exciting work within an international team of young and dynamic researchers
  • Open-end contract
  • Start date: June 2018

How to apply?

Please apply to motivation letter, full CV, list of publications and contact details of 3 referees in one single pdf file

Fore more information: please contact us ( or follow us on Twitter (@FendtLab)

About Leuven

Leuven - only 20 minutes away from Brussels by train - is a vivid university city with a rich history, a well-preserved historical town center and a lively multi-cultural atmosphere. The city is surrounded by charming small villages, woods and nature. Leuven has a lively atmosphere because of the many students from all over the world. 

Leuven is home to KU Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the one of the oldest universities in Europe. The related university hospital of UZ Leuven is one of the largest hospitals in Europe. 

Leuven and the surroundings are a great place for young people and families to live and to raise children. There are many excellent day care centers and schools including an international school.