Bioimaging core facility technician position

Leuven VIB Bioimaging Core Leuven

07 Jun 2022


VIB Bioimaging Core Leuven


23 Jun 2022

About the institute and research infrastructure

At VIB, it's our mission to conduct pioneering research in life sciences to understand the mechanisms of life and translate our research findings into products and solutions that benefit society. We believe that breakthrough research in the molecular mechanisms of life will lead to a better quality of life, economic growth, and sustainable societal well-being. 

Within the VIB, the BioImaging Core Leuven supports imaging across scales from the nanometer level to the mesoscale. The core is hosted by the VIB Center for Brain and Disease Research, and its mission is to facilitate science and provide access to know-how and measurement time on state-of-the-art microscopes. The BioImaging Core Leuven offers different imaging solutions, including confocal microscopes, slide scanning, high-content screening, and 3D whole-organ imaging, as well as support with image analysis both with infrastructure and expertise. While the current open position is dedicated to light microscopy, an important aspect of the core is the connection with our EM infrastructure.

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Job description

We are seeking a dedicated and motivated person who is passionate about microscopy and will help life scientists at VIB and beyond get the most out of our innovative microscopes. This position will be primarily responsible for providing support to the core users by consulting with researchers on their imaging projects and performing training for users on routine and advanced microscopy systems. Next to other VIB research lines, the primary goal is to support various projects of our center, including basic neuroscience projects and projects on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. As the imaging core facility, we want to step up our training and quality management efforts in this context. Therefore, your task will be to modify and continue to develop microscopy protocols for training, outreach, maintenance, and reproducibility.


  • Experience in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment and the ability to work independently is desired.
  • Previous imaging/confocal knowledge and hands-on experience with routine and advanced multi-color experiments are desirable.
  • You have a high affinity for technology and technological solutions.
  • You have strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • You have independent critical thinking and problem-solving ability with an attention to detail.
  • You enjoy collaborating with a diverse group of researchers with various interests.
  • You are flexible and will contribute to the daily operational workload of the team.
  • You are fluent in English, both verbally and written. Knowledge of Flemish is a plus. 
  • You possess, at the minimum, a degree in Biomedical or Biological Sciences (Bachelor/Master/Engineer) or equivalent.

We offer 

  • A full-time position. The budget is initially available for 24 months, with the possibility of an extension.
  • An opportunity to work with state-of-the art-tools and pioneering new techniques and tools.
  • We provide a supportive, stimulating, and international environment with a clear focus on providing service for imaging at the forefront of life science.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.

Starting date: as soon as possible.

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online. The first review of applications will start immediately. Applications are welcome until the position is filled.

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

  • your cover/motivation letter
  • your CV
  • reference

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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 ones identity. All of VIB's employees' points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.