Junior/Senior Research Technician to support the Laboratory of interneuron developmental dynamics

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

20 Aug 2019


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Lynette Lim Lab

Technical Support


About the Lab

The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research is part of the VIB Life Sciences Institute and is embedded within the University of Leuven, which ranks among the world’s top 50 universities. At our Center, researchers study the cellular mechanisms of health and disease in the central nervous system.

Dr. Lynette Lim, is starting up a new lab as of 1st January 2020 within the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research. The aim of the research group is to understand how different nerve cells emerge and mature during brain development. To this end we employ interdisciplinary approaches such as mouse genetics, virus tracing, cell fate-mapping, and single-cell RNA sequencing, with cutting-edge imaging techniques and bioinformatics to define how early cell identity influence cortical circuit formation.

Job description

The Lim lab is looking for a full-time, highly motivated and dedicated research technician to work in our research team and who has the potential to act as lab manager/ coordinator.

The research technician will help us establish the lab and will support the team in daily research. The successful candidate is expected to work closely and collaborate with other members of the laboratory to design, implement, and evaluate of various research projects. S/he will be expected to

  • handle and perform experiments on animals (mice)
  • have good organisation skills and keep good records
  • be attentive to details
  • able to multitask and organise effectively
  • train new members of the lab
  • have knowledge of cortical development is a plus but not essential
  • willingness to learn new techniques and protocols

He/She will also be responsible for aspects of lab organisation such as tracking animal colony size and generate month report to the PI, lab maintenance, orderings, and overseeing biosafety requirements.



  • You are skilled in general lab practice of maintaining lab notebook, making standard molecular biology buffers, and following standard protocols
  • You have experience in handling rodent brain tissues, sectioning, histology.
  • Ability to perform rodent surgery, mouse perfusion, or dissection of embryonic mouse brain would be a plus.
  • You must be willing to work with laboratory animals (mice and rats); you have a Felasa B certificate or are willing to acquire it in the short term.
  • You are passionate about science and enthusiastic to be part of a dynamic research lab.
  • You value working with people from diverse background and culture.
  • You are fluent in written and spoken Dutch and English.

Desirable but not required

You are passionate about science and research. You are currently a junior lab technician who is looking for opportunities to gain more responsibility. You are a team player and want to work for a young, dynamic, and diverse new team that you can help shape. You are willing to learn new techniques and accommodate the needs of others.

Key personal characteristics

  • You must be very meticulous, proactive, independent and self-motivated.
  • You have excellent interpersonal communication skills, and strong managing skills.
  • You are a team player and can take responsibility.

We offer

  • Access to top state-of-the-art infrastructure 
  • Learn innovative techniques and tools, from stem cells to neurobiology
  • A stimulating international research environment
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Open-ended contract Starting date : the position is available from 1 Nov 2019 

How to apply?

Please use the VIB HR Application tool

Additional required information:

  • detailed CV
  • motivation letter describing your previous job experience
  • names and contact information of at least 2 references

For more information: please contact Lynette Lim via email Team_Lim@vib.be

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