Business Development Manager



Laarbeeklaan 103, Jette, Belgium

Function type

Technology transfer and valorisation



Within the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), B-Liver ( is a strategic consortium that integrates the valorisation of liver cell biology, pathology and toxicology research within VUB.

The goals of the consortium encompass R&D collaborations with industry, procurement and management of EU and industrial research grants to support technology transfer, initiation of spin-off projects, and optimal IPR management. In addition, B-Liver incorporates a strong focus on non-animal alternatives in scientific research with a focus on dissemination platforms and public outreach.

To support these activities B-Liver is looking for a full-time, post-doctoral level business developer to strengthen our team at the VUB Health Campus, Jette, Belgium.


As the new Business Development Manager, you will fill an exciting and diverse position and be responsible for the initiation, development, and/or management of:

  • New business, including identifying potential stakeholders and developing the valorization roadmap for emerging technologies

  • Network awareness and connections though representation at industry and biotech focused events, networking, conferences or through direct contact.

  • The external visibility of the consortium, including via the website

  • R&D projects, collaborative and fee-for-service, managing negotiations, timelines, deliverables and reporting

  • Industrial and EU Grants

  • Contracts and related negotiation and administration

  • IPR, including patents and seeking licensing partners


  • You have experience in technology transfer or business development

  • You hold a PhD in biomedical, pharmaceutical or life science field, ideally with experience in liver toxicology and/or cell biology

  • You are a problem solver with a can-do mentality, able to work independently or in a team

  • You are well organized and very detail-oriented

  • You have excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and oral

  • You are proficient in English, both written and spoken. A good knowledge of Dutch is a plus


We offer a full-time contract for 3 years with the possibility for prolongation. At VUB we guarantee an open, inclusive and diverse workplace and we offer you the opportunity to (further) grow your career. On top of that, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Maximal reimbursement of your home-to-work travel with public transport or by bike

  • Hospitalisation insurance

  • The opportunity to develop your skills through internal and external training opportunities

  • Ecocheques

  • An open and familial work environment with attention to your work-life balance and a unique holiday arrangement of 35 days (with full-time employment).


Interested in this job offer? Apply with your curriculum vitae, motivation letter, a copy of your highest obtained degree (not necessary in case you are a VUB alumnus) and at least two professional reference contact details

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Job Types: Full-time, Contract

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