GF/2017/024 - Associate Academic Staff - Scientific staff - 100% - Faculty of Medicine and Pharma...

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
September 11 2017
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.


Follicle Biology Laboratory is seeking a dedicated postdoctoral researcher with a passion for applied science and with solid molecular genetics skills and interest in developmental biology. The researcher will be working on a project focusing on whole genome DNA methylation analysis in the context of

  • epigenetic susceptibility testing of the oocyte by using a mouse in vitro follicle bioassay

  • assessing the epigenetic safety of newly developed IVM systems in human

  • follow-up of IVM children: epigenetic analyses of cord blood, placenta and buccal swaps

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The most important task will be to develop and implement challenging new molecular biology techniques in the field of epigenetics.

The project will be handled in team with a laboratory technician, a PhD student and under supervision of Prof. Ellen Anckaert.


Questions about content?

Contact Prof. Ellen Anckaert on or +32 (0)2 477 50 50


Postdoctoral Reseacher

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

In addition to the online submission of the required documents for application (see below), please send the following documents as a pdf to the project supervisor:



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: January 2018

  • Length of contract: 2 years

  • Deadline for application: 12.2017

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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