WE/2017/004 - Assistant Academic Personnel - Graduate Teaching Assistant - 100% - Science and Bio...

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
June 29 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its hospital - UZ Brussel - employs more than 6.000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital.

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way the University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout society.

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the University Community to participate in the decision making process and scrutiny of University policy.

The following form part of the University's mission:

  • the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;

  • the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social engagement;

  • the creation of a society in which everyone is capable of engaging in critical thinking.



The teaching assignment includes the coordination and supervision of practicals (WPO) linked to courses in the subject area of immunology and parasitology within the Bachelor of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen and the Master of Science (MSc) in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen, MSc in de Biologie and MSc in Biomolecular Sciences. These include the courses of Immunology, Applied Immunology, Medical Biotechnology and Parasitology, Cellular Immunology and Antibody Engineering. Some of these practical courses are taught in Dutch and others in English.


The successful candidate will perform research in the research group Cellular and Molecular Immunology aimed at obtaining a PhD. The specific topic of research will be determined in agreement with the professors in the unit.


The teaching assistant will contribute to a number of PR activities of the Department of Bioengineering sciences.

More info?

Contact Prof. Dr Ir Jo Van Ginderachter on +32 2 6291979 or jvangind@vub.ac.be


The candidate should comply with the requirements for performing doctoral research. The candidate should have a diploma of Master of Science (MSc) in Bioengineering Sciences, MSc in Biology, MSc in Chemistry or MSc in Biomolecular Sciences or equivalent.

We are looking for a dynamic teacher of practicals and a motivated researcher with a passion for immunology, excellent coordination skills and a strong sense of responsibility.

A very good command of both Dutch and English is required.

The candidate is expected to endorse the educational vision of the university (full text available on the university website).

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply


Recruitment in one of the academic ranks of Senior Academic Staff.

As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This centre, with all its opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.


Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalisation cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance.

More information is available at www.vub.ac.be under the heading ‘future employees'.

  • Planned starting date: 01.2018

  • Length of contract: 2 years (two times extendable)

  • Deadline for application: 01/10/2017

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • A brief CV

  • Comprehensive details of academic portfolio

  • Teaching and research perception, mentioning the candidate's five most important publications (for post-doctoral positions)

  • A concise statement of the reason for applying including explanation about the development of future research

  • Diplomas

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess

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