GF/2017/022 - Associate Academic Staff - Scientific staff - 100% - Faculty of Medicine and Pharma...

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
July 03 2017
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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.


Subject area: Molecular imaging of diabetes with radiolabeled nanobodies targeting beta cell markers

We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop an independent line of preclinical laboratory research. The postdoctoral fellow will be employed on a research project in collaboration with a research team in the 'Université Libre de Bruxelles', which has laboratories 15 km away from the VUB Health Campus. This collaborative research project aims to develop and validate nanobodies for future diagnosis and follow-up of diabetes patients by nuclear imaging. Nanobodies are small protein derivatives of unique antibodies that naturally exist in camelids and that were discovered at VUB almost 3 decades ago. Nanobodies targeting novel biomarkers of pancreatic beta cells will be produced, biologically and biochemically characterised, radiolabeled and used as radiotracers for molecular imaging in animal models of diabetes.

The applicant's main task will be to perform research, but he/she is also expected to participate in guiding Master or PhD students and participate in writing research grants.

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Contact Prof. Nick Devoogdt on or +32 (0)2 477 49 91


The candidate should hold a PhD in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Pharmacy or Medicine, or equivalent and should have a proven track record in R&D.

The candidate should have either experience in the area of nuclear medicine (radiochemistry, radiopharmacy, PET/SPECT imaging or radiobiology etc) or in molecular biology (bacterial fermentation, recombinant DNA technology, protein purification, antibody functionality assays etc). Candidates with knowledge in both fields are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience with animal models of diabetes and a certificate to participate in animal studies (FELASA B or higher) are extra assets.

The candidate should speak and write English fluently. Knowledge of the Dutch or French language is an extra asset but not required. The candidate should be able to work with general Office computer programs.

We are seeking a researcher who is highly motivated to independently execute and report on the various milestones and deliverables of a particular research project.

The candidate will be working at different laboratory sites in and around Brussels and should be very mobile. A driver license and the possession of a car is an advantage but not required. The candidate is expected to work in a multidisciplinary research team and should therefore be highly communicative.

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.

You will become part of the In vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging (ICMI) laboratory ( and will report to one of its principal investigators, Prof. Nick Devoogdt. You will be part of a highly interactive research unit, gathering professors, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, research associates and technicians, all working together towards a common goal.


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 under the heading ‘future employees'.

  • Planned starting date: asap

  • Length of contract: 2 years

  • Deadline for application: 01/10/2017

Applications can only be submitted online (via the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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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