Postdoctoral scientist t@ the Xavier Saelens Lab

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology

17 Nov 2021


VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology

Xavier Saelens Lab



26 Nov 2021

About VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology

VIB is a life sciences research institute, based in Flanders, Belgium. We perform basic research with a strong focus on translating scientific results into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications. VIB is an independent research institute of the government, with 1470 scientists from more than 60 countries working at UGent, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Hasselt University.

The VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology (CMB) focuses on the development of new and innovative molecular tools and technologies to challenge human health problems. The Center translates its novel technologies and insights to widely applicable research tools, vaccines, diagnostics, and biopharmaceuticals. Our research pushes the boundaries of protein-focused biomolecular and bioinformatics research and engineering technologies. CMB educates and trains the next generation of medical biotechnology researchers and informs the public on the impact of biotechnology on human health.

The group of Xavier Saelens ( at VIB-UGent CMB has developed antibody-based antivirals against SARS-CoV-2 and aims to expand its expertise in this field.


The Saelens team is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to identify the mode of action of SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing nanobody constructs and the potential in vitro virus escape routes.


We seek a creative postdoctoral scientist with a hands-on attitude and a background in virology, biotechnology, or biochemistry. The candidate should be proficient in molecular biology and (SARS Coronavirus) virology. Being a team player and having effective communication and scientific writing skills are essential for a successful selection.

We offer

Financial support is available for 2 years, but the successful candidate is encouraged to obtain independent funding during this time.

Starting date: as soon as possible.


For more information, please contact Xavier Saelens (

We ask you to include a description of previous research experiences and contact information of 2 referees in your motivation letter. Please apply online and upload your resume and motivation letter:

Interested candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be welcome until the position is filled.