Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

21 Jun 2022


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research



The VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research at the KU Leuven (VIB-CBD) and Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF) are jointly looking for a highly motivated "neuro-engineer" to build and set up an engineering expertise unit in close collaboration with our group leaders, expertise unit leaders, engineers and researchers.


The engineering unit works closely with researchers at VIB-CBD and NERF - who together count over 350 researchers and engineers spread over 20 neuroscience groups and 9 expertise units and core facilities - to design and develop optical, electrical, and mechanical devices and instruments for supporting experimental neuroscience research. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment.

Your responsibilities

  • Design and construction of custom microscopy and optical-electronic instrument systems for neuroscience applications. Some examples of projects:
    • Tiling light-sheet microscopy for whole-brain imaging
    • Camera-based systems for neural imaging in freely moving animals
    • Multiphoton systems for in vivo imaging
  • Adapt and customize existing or commercial optical devices such as the installation of robotic devices on commercial microscopes.
  • Support researchers to develop novel platforms directed towards neuroscience research.

Your Profile


  • Master's degree in optical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, applied physics, or related fields. A Ph.D. degree in one of these fields is a plus.
  • At least 2 years of experience in designing and building optomechanical systems.
  • Fluency with programming languages for data acquisition, image processing and hardware control (e.g., Python, C++/C#, MATLAB, LabVIEW, etc.)
  • Ability to create mechanical parts and assemblies, and CAD skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.


  • Experience with microscopy, fiber optics, and/or laser systems in the context of biological imaging.
  • Experiences of electro-mechanical engineering.
  • Experiences of CAM production (e.g. 3D printing, laser cutting)

We offer

It concerns a full-time and permanent position. The successful candidate initially will be offered a contract of one year which will be converted into an open-ended contract after the first-year evaluation.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience, access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities, a rich, collaborative, and international environment within VIB, NERF, IMEC and KU Leuven. Situated in the university town of Leuven (close to Brussels and with excellent transport links), the position is ideally suited to international candidates.

How to apply?

Interested candidates should submit their candidacy through the VIB online application tool.

A complete application file (English) should contain the following documents:

  • your cover/motivation letter stating career goals, past experience, and how these relate to the current position
  • your CV
  • contact information of 2 references

For further information and questions, please send an email to Lynette Lim ( and Sha Liu (

The position is immediately available.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply before 30/04/2022. A first-round of selections will start in May 2022. The vacancy will stay open until the position is filled.

About the City of Leuven and Flanders

Leuven is an attractive European university city with a rich history and a lively atmosphere. The area has a strong biotechnology sector with spin-offs and start-ups. This, together with the presence of the University of Leuven and the University Hospital, makes Leuven particularly internationally-oriented and tech-minded, and a natural home for researchers and their families. English is very widely spoken in the city and surrounding area.

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