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Life Science
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Position summary Applications are invited to join an exciting research program within the VIB Center for Cancer Biology ( led by the two directors D Lambrechts and JC Marine.  The research will explore the molecular mechanisms of intra-tumour heterogeneity to provide insights into cell fate decisions, malignant stem cell renewal, treatment response, and resistance in cancer.

The position will involve the analysis of single-cell RNA-seq and spatial Omics (including multiplex proteomics and transcriptomics data) through the application of best-practice bioinformatics workflows. The position will require a highly motivated bioinformatician or computational biologist to provide support for a variety of projects in Cancer biology. The role requires competency in programming languages such as Python and/or R and will involve working on a high-performance computing cluster. The individual will collaborate very closely with other bioinformaticians, and cancer cell and molecular biologists to work on joint initiatives.

The position will be initially for a fixed term of 12 months with the opportunity to extend. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Essential Requirements

  • Masters in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Statistics, Computer Science, Genetics or equivalent, but a PhD degree is certainly a plus
  • Detailed knowledge in Python and/or R
  • Solid grasp of statistics
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Flexibility and ability to develop new skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • High-quality written and oral communication skills
  • Use of high-performance computing clusters

Desirable Requirements         

  • Experience in the analysis of single-cell RNA-Seq
  • Experience in the analysis of spatial transcriptomics/proteomics data is a strong asset
  • Development of ShinyApps
  • Experience with data management of large-scale datasets
  •  Knowledge of cancer biology
We offer
  • Duration: full-time contract of one year with the possibility for extensions.
  • (Early) access to state-of-the-art technologies.
  • A stimulating (international, multidisciplinary) research environment where quality, professionalism, and team spirit are encouraged.
  • The ability to work on scientifically exceptional and high-impact, state-of-the-art projects.
  • Possibility of hybrid working
  • The opportunity to be part of a young and dynamic team and to provide a meaningful contribution to genetic and oncological research.
  • The University of Leuven is one of the most innovative universities in Europe. Leuven is located 20 min. from Brussels, in the center of Europe
How to apply? Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.

Applicants to this role should provide a cover letter outlining relative key skills and experience to assist us with our assessment.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Jeroen Declercq,


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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