Research associate translational research projects

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

04 Jan 2023


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Technical Support


27 Jan 2023


The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research is part of the VIB Life Sciences Institute and is embedded within the University of Leuven, which ranks among the world’s top 50 universities. At our center, researchers want to force a breakthrough in the cure of neuronal and neurodegenerative disorders. Starting from a deep understanding of normal brain and nerve function and a profound insight into the mechanisms underlying the development of disease, the center aims at developing novel therapeutic strategies. As such our center is committed to translating basic research findings into value for society.

To support the translational research projects in our center, we are looking for a highly motivated and flexible research associate. The responsibilities include but are not limited to, performing experiments aimed at the validation of novel disease targets, and developing the tools necessary for drug discovery projects, such as setting up screening assays to test novel therapeutic molecules and purifying target proteins. In addition, the research associate will help to coordinate interactions with the drug discovery unit of the institute (VIB Discovery Sciences) and core facilities. The role is flexible, meaning that the candidate will rotate as necessary and will work on different projects arising from different labs.


  • You have a (professional) bachelor´s or master´s degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, laboratory, or biomedical sciences.
  • A minimum of 3 years of independent work experience is required.
  • 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 biochemical assays, such as protein-protein interaction assays. Experience with iPSC is an advantage.
  • You are willing to work with rodent animal models. A FELASA B license for animal work is an advantage.
  • You must be able to accurately compile and document your work - and help in the interpretation of results.
  • You must be able to adjust to different topics rapidly as you will work on different projects and within different research teams.
  • You must be meticulous, detail-oriented, independent, and self-motivated, yet be able to interact well with other members of the research teams, including industrial scientists.
  • You are eager to expand your skills in assay development and optimization to industry standards for drug screening and to learn about the process of drug development.
  • You are proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Background knowledge in neuroscience would be an advantage, but not essential.

We offer

  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure 
  • A stimulating international research environment
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Open-ended contract
  • Starting Date: as soon as possible

How to apply?

Please use the VIB HR Application tool

Additional required information:

  • detailed CV
  • motivation letter describing previous research experience
  • names and contact information of 3 references

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