Science Writer

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

08 May 2023


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research



26 May 2023

Do you have a talent for expressing complex scientific ideas in straightforward text? Can you integrate data from various sources into one coherent document? Do you have a background in life science research? Do you find deadlines motivating? Then you may be the person we are looking for!

About the lab

The SWITCH Laboratory is a leader in the field of protein aggregation research related to human disease. We are an interdisciplinary workplace, bringing together more than twenty-five researchers from different backgrounds, such as bioinformatics, biophysics, chemistry, and cell biology. SWITCH has a unique platform of technologies for studying protein aggregation, including biophysical, ultrastructural, and cell biological instrumentations. You can read more about us on our website and be sure to check out our laboratory section to explore the fantastic infrastructure that SWITCH has to offer!

Your Job

Liaising closely with the PIs of the Switch Lab, the key tasks of the position include:

  • Supporting the writing of project proposals, grant reports, and fellowship applications
  • Assisting lab members with data management plans and obtaining ethics approvals
  • Updating the lab website
  • Co-organizing meetings and conferences

This is a job with a lot of variety and you will interact with our entire team. You will have plenty of support from the two PIs leading the Switch Lab as well as the lab manager. We have an extensive library of successful grant applications, fellowship applications, ethics approvals, etc., and support is available from both KU Leuven and VIB grant offices.

Your profile

  • A Ph.D. in life sciences and postdoctoral experience
  • The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent scientific writing skills in English (Dutch is a plus)
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • The ability to multi-task and work to deadlines
  • A strong interest in protein aggregation and its role in disease is a plus

We offer

  • A vibrant, world-class research environment operating at an international level
  • Access to the resources of two host institutions:
    • VIB, an excellence-based research institute
    • KU Leuven, one of Europe’s leading research universities
  • A dedicated training program to broaden your expertise and enhance your skill set. At SWITCH we have particular attention for the career development goals of our people and actively support the ambitions of our lab members in the lab and beyond. Information on SWITCH Lab alumni can be found here.
  • A competitive compensation package based on expertise and experience.

Starting Date: as soon as possible

How to apply?

For more information contact Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV including a list of publications, a motivation letter, and the contact information of three referees.

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.