(Senior) Research Associate VIB DS Leuven

Leuven VIB Discovery Sciences

24 Nov 2022


VIB Discovery Sciences

Scientific Services and Support



VIB is a world-class life science research institute in Flanders, Belgium, currently encompassing more than 1800 scientists over 5 universities. VIB has a long-standing and successful history of translating scientific breakthroughs into impactful societal innovations and new innovative biotech companies.

The current position is within the VIB Discovery Sciences (VIB DS) unit, a translational research team of around 20 scientists and technicians, with a strong industry background, focusing on validation and translation of VIB scientific breakthroughs into drug discovery, and agro product, diagnostics, and biomarker projects.

VIB DS is looking to recruit a creative, independent, and self-motivated (Senior) Research Associate with relevant experience to strengthen its team in Leuven. You will be joining a high-performing multi-disciplinary team, contributing to translating novel scientific discoveries into early drug candidates and bringing your expertise to complement our capabilities.

Your job

  • Development and establishment of cell-based and biochemical assays to support the progression of different drug discovery projects
  • ·Screen and characterize drug leads in said assays
  • Implement novel methodologies and techniques
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data, perform statistical analysis
  • Communicate results internally and write experimental reports
  • General support to the lab and maintenance of lab supplies and stocks


  • You have a (professional) bachelor´s or master´s degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, laboratory, or biomedical sciences.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience is required. Experience in the industry is a plus, but not mandatory.
  • You have solid hands-on experience in cell culture (cell lines, primary cells; stable cell-line generation; co-cultures systems; transfection) as well as in cell-based assay development such as reporter assay proliferation, toxicity, binding, functional, …
  • Ideally, you have experience in plate-based (high-content) imaging for screening purposes.
  • Additional knowledge of some of the following technologies would be an asset:
    • FRET, BRET, HTRF & fluorescence polarization
    • Flow cytometry
    • ELISA or AlphaScreen
    • Compound management
    • Liquid handling Robot
  • You have excellent organizational skills and can work in a team as well as independently.
  • You can multi-task and meet timelines.
  • You enjoy a dynamic and international environment.
  • A sense of humor is highly recommended
  • You have good social and communication skills in spoken and written English.

We offer

  • Candidates are offered a full-time, open-ended contract, working from our site in Leuven;
  • We provide a supportive, stimulating, and international environment with a clear focus on drug development, at the forefront of life sciences, in the best team ever.
  • Total social security, including pension scheme and health care program.

Starting date: January/February 2023

How to apply?

Motivated candidates should apply online.

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

  • your cover/motivation letter
  • your CV
  • references

VIB values diversity - in backgrounds and in experiences. The institute needs people from all backgrounds and ways of life to help build a thriving scientific environment. VIB is therefore looking for candidates who are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other's growth. VIB's collaborators are people with different strengths, experiences and backgrounds, who share a passion for science that generates impact in science and in society. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity, but also nationality, age, disability status, sexual orientation, religion and many other parts of one’s identity. All of VIB’s employees’ points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.