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Dear Recruiting Team,


I would like to apply for a position Lab Scientist.

I have a Master in Biology and a PhD degree in Genetics.

I have worked for many years on the field of microbiology.

For the last ten years I have worked as a post-doc researcher in the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology at the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) and KULeuven in Belgium.

Before, I worked as a researcher in the laboratory of Biochemical Genetics at Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia and for the biotechnology company BIOTECH Ltd (, producing recombinant interleukin 2. Here I was responsible for the genetic modification of Pichia pastoris yeast.

As a student I did a stage in the laboratoire de Génétique Moléculaire de la Neurotransmission et des Processus Neurodegeneratif of Hôpital de la Pitié Salpetrière in Paris, France. I practiced there in two-hybrid system analysis.

During my work at VIB I characterized the structure/function relationship in membrane proteins using SCAM analysis, site-directed mutagenesis, bioanalytical methods, computer modelling. I screened chemical compounds for the agonist action on the signaling function of membrane proteins. I successfully searched for substrate-binding sites in membrane transporters.

I am familiar with assay development, screening and analytics.

I am excellent at molecular biology methods (molecular cloning, DNA, RNA isolation, DNA recombinant techniques, directed (site-directed) and random mutagenesis (chemical and UV mutagenesis), library construction, gene overexpression/deletion/partial deletion, tagged constructs). I am familiar with QPCR, microarray, confocal microscopy, fluorescent techniques.

I am familiar with Sequencing and I used sequence-based bioinformatics software packages and MS Office during my work.

I am skilled in application of biochemical assays (electrophoresis, protein purification, Western, ELISA, enzyme characterization, enzyme activity assays, radio-ligand-binding).

I used daily methods of microbiology like microbial strain cultivation, transformation, crossing, media preparation and etc.

I have a solid knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice.

During my work I was involved in writing of grant applications and reports, preparation of scientific articles for publication.

I am able to design, carry out and manage new product development projects.

I can draft reports. I am able to approve and perform changes to documentations/procedures as necessary.

I have a broad experience in scientific data analysis and presentation at the international and internal conferences and meetings.

I am able to interpret results independently.

I am definitely analytical and innovative thinker.

I am interested to identify new areas for innovation.

I have full professional proficiency in English. I speak Dutch fluently. I am learning French.

I am well-organized, accurate, creative, flexible and hard-working. I am able to multi-task.

I would be happy to contribute my knowledge into life science company.


I am looking forward to hear from you,


Yulia Popova.


Past Experience

  • post-doc researcher Leuven, Belgium
    February 2003 --- January 2014

    biotechnology, research, supervision of students, grant writing and application, report writing, presentations at conferences

  • researcher Saint Petersburg, Russia
    July 1997 --- December 2002
    biotechnology, research, laboratory management


Self Assessment :
Genetics Biochemistry BiostatisticsBiotechnologyMicrobiologymolecular biologyData Managementpeople managementProject ManagementsupervisingmethodProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingScientific methodologydutchFrenchRussiangrant application report wrinting

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
geneticsbiochemistrymicrobiologyConfocal microscopybiotechnologyELISAqPCRpcr Molecular Diagnosticsmolecular biology methodscloningrecombinant DNA techniquesprotein analysisRecombinant proteinpurification


  • Ph.D. in Genetics from Saint-Petersburg State University in 2002
  • Master in Biology from Saint-Petersburg State University in 1997


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    1 week
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Research Scientist Scientist Project Manager Product Manager Clinical Research Manager
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Brussels, Belgium Flemish Brabant, Belgium Netherlands
  • Work From Home:
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
  • International:

Area / Region

Leuven, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes