Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)

An enthusiastic Technician to help us discover new biologicals to fight respiratory viruses


Ghent, Belgium

Respiratory viral infections are an important cause of hospitalization and, unfortunately, lethality in people. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to complications caused by respiratory viruses such human influenza and human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Our research group at Ghent University and VIB has a strong interest in the development of new vaccines and recombinant protein-based antivirals to prevent or treat respiratory viral diseases: http://mbc.vib-ugent.be/groups/saelens.

Our group is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic technician to contribute to the discovery and characterization of new Nanobody-based biologicals with outstanding antiviral activity.

Job description

Join a team of 2 postdoctoral scientists to help discover new Nanobodies with exquisite neutralizing activity against a common human respiratory virus. 

Laboratory techniques that you will learn or already master and apply are dedicated to the identification, production, purification and antiviral testing of novel Nanobodies directed the viral pathogen. 

You will also perform recombinant protein expression and purification experiments using yeast and mammalian cell culture systems for the production of these proteins. 

You are expected to be able to accurately perform experiments independently with minimal supervision, and to report and discuss research results with the other team members. 

You also take initiative to ensure that the lab remains well organized (prepare stock reagents, ensure proper use of routine lab equipment …)


  • You have a professional bachelor or master degree in Biomedical, Biotechnology or Biological Sciences or equivalent
  • You have hands-on experience with standard molecular biology techniques
  • Experience with one or more of the following techniques: molecular cloning, recombinant protein expression in yeast or other eukaryotic cell systems, protein purification, phage or yeast display
  • You have a hands-on attitude, an eye for detail and can perform experiments independently
  • You have good communication skills in spoken and written English (proven knowledge of English is required, TOEFL test)
  • Efficient with Word, Excel, Graphpad Prism for reporting results
  • You are eager to learn new techniques and take initiative

We offer

  • A two-year contract (extendable) with a competitive salary
  • An international working environment in an academic institute that is active at the forefront of life science
  • Access to state-of-the art equipment for life science research
  • Starting date: as soon as possible

How to apply?

Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV, a short motivation letter describing previous research experience and the names and contact information of 2 references. Applications will be welcome until the position is filled.

For more information, please contact Xavier Saelens.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: VIB-VIB-19464