Research position in advanced technologies for the purification of proteins by microfluidics

Brussels VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology

14 Jul 2020


VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology

Jan Steyaert Lab




The VIB‐VUB Center for Structural Biology is part of the VIB life sciences institute and is embedded within the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As part of our major investments to address new challenges in Systems Structural Biology, we seek to appoint a creative individual at the predoctoral or doctoral level to develop innovative protein purification methods at the interface of Nanobody technology and microfluidics. The successful candidate will also be involved in translating this technology into (commercial) biotechnological and medical applications. 

 We offer 

  •  an exciting and international research environment with committed peers. 
  • an internationally attractive employment package commensurate with experience. 
  • access to the departmental and institutional core facilities including X‐ray crystallography Cryo‐EM, Bio‐NMR, Nanobody discovery, (deep)sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics antibody and protein production, bio‐imaging, compound screening, bio‐informatics training facility, metabolomics and FACS suite, access to full-fledged microfluidics lab with facilities and expertise in computational fluid dynamics design

About the Center for Structural Biology and VIB

The VIB‐VUB Center for Structural Biology is a centre of excellence in structural biology that is recognized worldwide for its scientific work, for the technologies it develops, and for the spin‐offs it creates. We study the structure and dynamics of macromolecular complexes in health and disease to explain their mode of action. We integrate our structural biology work with genetic and cellular studies, aiming to bridge molecular and cellular resolution. Prof. Steyaert as a worldwide recognized expert in Nanobody technology. This project runs in collaboration with the lab of Prof Gert Desmet, one of Belgium’s pioneers in microfluidics and current ERC Advanced grant holder. We excel in translating our discoveries into biotechnological and medical applications. We take pride in training the next generation of scientists.

VIB is a non‐profit life sciences research institute located in Flanders, Belgium. About 1,450 scientists and technicians conduct basic research on the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the functioning of the human body, plants, and microorganisms. Through a close partnership with all Flemish universities and a solid funding program, VIB unites the forces of 75 research groups clustered in 8 research centers. The corner stone of VIB’s policy is excellence, as well in science as in technology transfer. The goal of the research is to move forward the boundaries of our knowledge of life profoundly. Through its technology transfer activities, VIB wants to convert research results into products for the benefit of consumers and patients. VIB develops and disseminates a wide range of scientifically substantiated information about biotechnology.

At VIB we are convinced that every person brings unique qualities and talents to the community and that every individual should be treated in a respectful way, irrespective of race, gender, nationality and personal life choices.

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online (

For inquiries, please contact Jan Steyaert.