Leading scientist position in Biotech start-up.



Herestraat 49, Leuven, Belgium

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The Vankelecom group at the KU Leuven is searching for an outstanding (biomedical) scientist to continue and deeper elaborate on a project centered on translating human organoids into a diagnostic tool. The Vankelecom group focuses on reproductive biology implicating organoid technology (e.g. Nature Cell Biology 2019, 21:1041), and engages with a group of international entrepreneurs to create a highly innovative organoid-based diagnostic tool.


  • You will be responsible for exploring and validating a new diagnostic tool and setting.

  • You will define, organize, perform, analyze and troubleshoot (wet-lab) experiments, all in dynamic interaction with the Principal Investigator (PI) prof. Vankelecom, and provide scientific and technical input.

  • You will present results and ideas in a clear way to main stakeholders of the project (such as Leuven Research & Development, LRD).

  • You will together with the PI and major stakeholders actively search for industrial (and academic) opportunities including grants and collaborations, and discuss strategic directions with them.


  • You have a MSc degree in biomedical, pharmaceutical, bio-engineering, biological or medical science (a PhD is a plus).

  • You have strong knowledge in cell biology and relevant cell culture experience (organoid expertise is a plus).

  • You are familiar with state-of-the-art technologies such as RNA-sequencing analysis (bioinformatics expertise is an asset).

  • You are a creative and passionate scientist, have an analytical mind and can work independently.

  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset and are willing to give your maximum for a growing biotech venture.

  • You have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communicative skills.

  • You are highly motivated, swiftly adapt to new situations and aspire to be part of, and contribute to, a dynamic growth path.

  • You are fluent in English, both orally and in writing.


We offer you a 1-year position with high potential for renewal, including an attractive salary package (according to grade and experience) and the strong possibility to join, and grow with, a promising biotech start-up with a very international angle.

The position can be the start toward a PhD, if desired.

The position starts from September 2021 (or later).


Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV, a motivation letter describing previous research experience and the names and contact information of 2 references.

After candidate selection, interviews (live or by Skype) will be organized.

For more information, you can contact christina.vochten@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2021, via the online KULeuven application tool.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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