(Senior) Research Associate VIB DS Leuven



Leuven, Belgium



VIB is a world-class life science research institute in Flanders, Belgium, currently encompassing more than 1800 scientists over 5 universities. VIB has a long-standing and successful history of translating scientific breakthroughs into impactful societal innovations and new innovative biotech companies.

The current position is within the VIB Discovery Sciences (VIB DS) unit, a translational research team of around 20 scientists and technicians, with a strong industry background, focusing on validation and translation of VIB scientific breakthroughs into drug discovery, and agro product, diagnostics, and biomarker projects.

VIB DS is looking to recruit a creative, independent, and self-motivated (Senior) Research Associate with relevant experience to strengthen its team in Leuven. You will be joining a high-performing multi-disciplinary team, contributing to translating novel scientific discoveries into early drug candidates and bringing your expertise to complement our capabilities.

Your job

  • Development and establishment of cell-based and biochemical assays to support the progression of different drug discovery projects
  • ·Screen and characterize drug leads in said assays
  • Implement novel methodologies and techniques
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data, perform statistical analysis
  • Communicate results internally and write experimental reports
  • General support to the lab and maintenance of lab supplies and stocks


  • You have a (professional) bachelor´s or master´s degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, laboratory, or biomedical sciences.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience is required. Experience in the industry is a plus, but not mandatory.
  • You have solid hands-on experience in cell culture (cell lines, primary cells; stable cell-line generation; co-cultures systems; transfection) as well as in cell-based assay development such as reporter assay proliferation, toxicity, binding, functional, …
  • Ideally, you have experience in plate-based (high-content) imaging for screening purposes.
  • Additional knowledge of some of the following technologies would be an asset:
    • FRET, BRET, HTRF & fluorescence polarization
    • Flow cytometry
    • ELISA or AlphaScreen
    • Compound management
    • Liquid handling Robot
  • You have excellent organizational skills and can work in a team as well as independently.
  • You can multi-task and meet timelines.
  • You enjoy a dynamic and international environment.
  • A sense of humor is highly recommended
  • You have good social and communication skills in spoken and written English.

We offer

  • Candidates are offered a full-time, open-ended contract, working from our site in Leuven;
  • We provide a supportive, stimulating, and international environment with a clear focus on drug development, at the forefront of life sciences, in the best team ever.
  • Total social security, including pension scheme and health care program.

Starting date: January/February 2023

How to apply?

Motivated candidates should apply online.

A complete application file (English) should contain the following documents:

  • your cover/motivation letter
  • your CV
  • references