In vivo Research Technician at VIB / Muna Therapeutics



Leuven, Belgium


The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium, is seeking a research associate to support drug discovery projects. The candidate will work closely with Muna Therapeutics, a biotech company that develops first-in-class, small molecule, disease-modifying therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Our strategy is based on an innovative, all-in-human discovery engine, a deep understanding of disease genetics and pathophysiology, world-class structural biology expertise, and experienced medicinal chemistry and translational biology.

The Role

The research associate will perform in vivo experimental work in our laboratories in Leuven supporting multiple collaborative projects. Day-to-day tasks will include mouse monitoring, drug treatments, and tissue collection and processing.

The candidate will get the opportunity to train and work in several ground-breaking technologies such as spatial omics (Chen et al., Cell, 2020), single-cell biology, and xenografted mouse models (Fattorelli et al., Nat. Protoc, 2021), focusing on pharmacological drug target discovery and validation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparing compound solutions for in vivo dosing.
  • Dosing of the animals (ip, po, iv).
  • Mouse sacrifice and tissue collection.


  • You possess a degree in Biomedical or Biological Sciences (Professional Bachelor/Master/Engineer) or equivalent.
  • FELASA B license for animal work is required.
  • Strong background in animal handling and rodent models.
  • Experience in blood and CSF collection is an advantage.
  • Experience In cellular and molecular biology is an advantage.
  • Experience in mouse primary cultures is an advantage.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work in a team as well as independently.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

We offer

  • A stimulating, diverse, international, and exceptionally strong research environment in a world-class academic laboratory with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure.
  • A competitive compensation package taking into account expertise and work experience
  • Start date: as soon as possible - the position is available immediately

How to apply?

Please complete the online application procedure and include a motivation letter describing previous research experience and a detailed CV in English.

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