Junior lab technician

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research

14 Sep 2021

Ghent

VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research

Bart Lambrecht and Hamida Hammad Lab

Technical Support

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About the Lab

Together with Prof. Hamida Hammad, Bart Lambrecht leads a research unit of 37 people within this center. The research in their unit is centered around the role of antigen-presenting in asthma and respiratory viral infection. They study how DCs and macrophages get activated to bridge innate and adaptive immunity in the lung and cause inflammation in response to allergen inhalation or exacerbations by a respiratory virus. They focus on the traditional immunological functions of APCs, but the research team is also known for their approach on how epithelial cells and innate immune cells communicate with APCs to cause or perpetuate disease. 

Their research strategy is to continuously develop new tools and therapeutic targets so that they can tackle questions in an innovative and competitive manner. Their ultimate goal is to find novel ways to prevent and treat asthma and to achieve this goal they set up early-stage collaborations with Biotech and Pharma, to take their ideas to the clinic. Since the COVID-19 crisis, he has initiated two large multi-center trials on new immunomodulators in COVID-19, the SARPAC trial testing the effect of inhaled GM-CSF; and the COV-AID trial addressing the impact of early interleukin-1 and -6 blockade in COVID-19.

Job description

  • You are a professional Bachelor in Biomedical or Biotechnological Laboratory Techniques or have equivalent working experience.
  • We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic junior technician to support our research focusing on unraveling the functions of lung dendritic cells and epithelial cells in asthma and respiratory viral infection. 
  • You will be part of a technician team.
  • Techniques covered will be cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, gene and protein expression analysis, protein interaction studies, immunocytochemistry and -histochemistry, the study of mouse models of lung disease, use of transgenic mouse lines, and genotyping.

Profile

Essential

  • You are a professional Bachelor in Biomedical or Biotechnological Laboratory Techniques or have equivalent working experience.
  • Since we are an international team, a good knowledge of English is needed.

Desirable but not required 

Experience with some of the above-mentioned techniques is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

Key personal characteristics

  • You have a sense of responsibility, can work independently, and are eager to learn.
  • You are a team player, and you like open communication.

We offer

We offer you a young dynamic group of people who love science. The lab of Mucosal Immunology and Immunoregulation consists of about 37 people with a strong interest in dendritic cell biology and lung disease. You will receive training in various techniques from experienced postdocs or lab technicians.

We offer you a VIB contract with long-term perspectives in case of positive evaluation.

How to apply? 

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.