In vivo Research Technician at VIB / Muna Therapeutics

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

06 May 2023


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Bart De Strooper Lab

Technical Support


05 Jun 2023

The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium, is seeking a research associate to support drug discovery projects. The candidate will work closely with Muna Therapeutics, a biotech company that develops first-in-class, small molecule, disease-modifying therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Our strategy is based on an innovative, all-in-human discovery engine, a deep understanding of disease genetics and pathophysiology, world-class structural biology expertise, and experienced medicinal chemistry and translational biology.

The Role

The research associate will perform in vivo experimental work in our laboratories in Leuven supporting multiple collaborative projects. Day-to-day tasks will include mouse monitoring, drug treatments, and tissue collection and processing.

The candidate will get the opportunity to train and work in several ground-breaking technologies such as spatial omics (Chen et al., Cell, 2020), single-cell biology, and xenografted mouse models (Fattorelli et al., Nat. Protoc, 2021), focusing on pharmacological drug target discovery and validation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparing compound solutions for in vivo dosing.
  • Dosing of the animals (ip, po, iv).
  • Mouse sacrifice and tissue collection.


  • You possess a degree in Biomedical or Biological Sciences (Professional Bachelor/Master/Engineer) or equivalent.
  • FELASA B license for animal work is required.
  • Strong background in animal handling and rodent models.
  • Experience in blood and CSF collection is an advantage.
  • Experience In cellular and molecular biology is an advantage.
  • Experience in mouse primary cultures is an advantage.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work in a team as well as independently.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

We offer

  • A stimulating, diverse, international, and exceptionally strong research environment in a world-class academic laboratory with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure.
  • A competitive compensation package taking into account expertise and work experience
  • Start date: as soon as possible - the position is available immediately

How to apply?

Please complete the online application procedure and include a motivation letter describing previous research experience and a detailed CV in English.

For more information:

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.