Research Technician in cancer research

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology

22 Jan 2023


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology

Jan Cools Lab

Technical Support


The VIB Center for Cancer Biology (CCB) ( is one of the research departments of VIB within the University of Leuven and is located on the University Hospital Campus, Leuven, Belgium. CCB hosts 13 research groups and in total represents a group of about 230 researchers, and administrative and technical staff. The Center has a very diverse and highly international character.

The Laboratory for the Molecular Biology of Leukemia of Professor Jan Cools ( is currently looking for a highly motivated Research Technician to join the team to work on a collaborative project with the team of Prof. Dr. Daan Dierickx, a clinical hematologist in UZ Leuven.

“We try to understand the genetic complexity of leukemia and lymphoma,

with the aim to use that information to develop novel treatment strategies.”

The Laboratory for the Molecular Biology of Leukemia has identified and characterized important oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in hematological cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and has used that information to develop novel treatment strategies. To achieve our research goals, we are generating novel mouse models to study the development of leukemia and lymphoma, and use these mouse models to test new therapeutic strategies.

Job description

  • You will be part of a young research team and will be involved in several projects, closely working together with the Ph.D. and Postdoctoral researchers in the lab.
  • You will be responsible for mouse breeding and the analysis of the developed mouse models.
  • You will be involved in performing mouse bone marrow transplants and the subsequent follow-up of the mice.
  • You will be involved in the collection of human patient material for biobanking and for the generation of patient-derived xenograft mouse models.
  • You will perform cell culture techniques, including culture of cell lines and primary cells, viral transduction, CRISPR/Cas genome editing, etc.
  • You will perform different molecular techniques, such as flow cytometry, (qRT-)PCR, Western blotting, cloning
  • You will assist in experiments that involve next-generation sequencing, single-cell sequencing, etc.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn new state-of-the-art technologies and methods.
  • You will participate in the daily laboratory management, which includes follow-up of the deliveries and stock management.

Your profile

  • You have a Bachelor's degree in laboratory technology, biotechnology, or Bachelor/Master's in Life Sciences or equivalent.
  • You hold a FELASA B certificate and have expertise in working with laboratory animals (mice or other).
  • Expertise in molecular biology is considered a plus.
  • Experience as a researcher in a scientific laboratory is considered a plus.
  • You are passionate about science and are strongly motivated to learn new skills/technologies.
  • You maintain excellent organizational skills, work accurately and are critical of your work and its implementation.
  • You have a strong ability to multi-task and meet timelines.
  • You have good social - and communication skills in English (written and spoken). Dutch is a plus, but not required.

We offer

  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary research team where you get the possibility to be at the start of challenging scientific projects in cancer research.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.
  • Fulltime employment (or part-time 80%).

How to apply?

Candidates are asked to submit the application online via .

For more information about this open position, please contact Prof. Jan Cools via or Dr. Marlies Vanden Bempt via

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.