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Expert in Microscopy at Campus Etterbeek

Closing date
2 Sep 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
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Job Details

About VIB Technologies VIB is widely recognized as an established and world-leading knowledge center in life sciences and biotechnology with an excellent reputation in technology transfer. The unique combination of strategic basic research and a clear focus on innovation & business is one of the major contributors to its success. VIB is highly committed to being the driving force behind the growth of the dynamic life sciences cluster in Flanders.

VIB scientists study the molecular mechanisms that regulate the functions of the human body, plants and microorganisms. Such mechanistic research leads to innovative insights into the normal and abnormal/pathological life processes, with the potential to use these insights to develop novel therapeutics, diagnostics, agricultural applications and technologies.

VIB Technologies ( plays a vital role in supporting researchers not only within the institute but also beyond, by providing them with access to cutting-edge technologies for their life science research endeavors. With a strong focus on technology-intensive research, VIB Technologies encompasses 12 core facilities, a dedicated Tech Watch team, and a Technology Training unit. Spanning across Leuven, Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp, our facilities house a dedicated team of over 100 staff members.

Currently, we are actively seeking a motivated colleague to join our team. This role will involve providing expertise and support in the area of microscopy-based research of VIB labs of the Center for Structural Biology and Brussels-based labs of the Center for Inflammation Research. The successful candidate will be embedded in a team, located in Ghent and Leuven, but will be expected to provide support to research groups in an independent manner, on a daily basis, on our location in Etterbeek.

  • Master or Ph.D. in Biomedical or Biological Sciences or equivalent through experience
  • Mindset for supporting and enabling science of other research labs through offering of expertise  
  • Technology minded
  • Experience in confocal microscopy applications is required
  • Experience in image processing and analysis is required
  • Team player with strong social, communication and didactic skills
  • Well-organized, structured and able to autonomously plan and execute tasks
  • Meticulous and self-motivated
  • Accurate in compiling, documenting and reporting his/her work
  • Eager to learn and adapt in a fast-evolving environment 
  • Good English skills, both oral and written 
  • The following can be an asset:
    • Experience in working in a microscopy core facility
    • Experience in follow-up of life science research projects
Main responsibilities
  • Support multiple research groups for basic and advanced light microscopy applications and for image analysis
  • Discuss experimental setup, acquisition preferences and analysis plan with users and with colleagues
  • Provide training for fluorescence and confocal imaging applications
  • Follow-up evolution of newly trained users
  • Provide immediate support for various microscopy setups
  • You will be based at Campus Etterbeek, with occasional visits to the VIB sites in Leuven (Gasthuisberg) and Ghent (Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde), and participation in (hybrid) project meetings with colleagues on the Ghent/Leuven locations
We offer
  • Stimulating international work environment
  • In-house training
  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Open-ended contract
  • Competitive salary and benefits
How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online. 

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

  • your cover/motivation letter
  • your CV
  • 2 references

For more information or questions, please contact


VIB’s core mission is to generate disruptive insights in the molecular underpinning of life and to translate these actively into impactful innovations for patients and society. VIB is an independent research institute where some 1,800 top scientists from Belgium and abroad conduct pioneering basic research. As such, they are pushing the boundaries of what we know about molecular mechanisms and how they rule living organisms such as human beings, animals, plants, and microorganisms. Based on a close partnership with five Flemish universities – Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Hasselt University – and supported by a solid funding program, VIB unites the expertise of all its collaborators and research groups in a single institute. VIB’s technology transfer activities translate research results into concrete benefits for society such as new diagnostics and therapies and agricultural innovations. These applications are often developed by young start-ups from VIB or through collaborations with other companies. This also leads to additional employment and bridges the gap between scientific research and entrepreneurship. VIB also engages actively in the public debate on biotechnology by developing and disseminating a wide range of science-based information. 

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