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Summary

job objective

looking for opportunities in r&d, biotech and (bio)Pharmaceutical companies in which my educational background, international experience as well as my ambition and motivation to gain insights in different aspects of a company will enhance personal and company growth.

qualifications and strengths

- self-confident, initiative, proactive, ambitious and dynamic

- highly skilled and broad scientific background and interest

- studious and fast learner

- excellent written and oral Communication Skills

- strong ability to work independent and as a team player

- international experience

- hands-on experience and Training in Project Management

- proficient with computer

- keen interest in broader aspects of biotech industry

 

more info on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/koen-beerens-488b8319/

Experiences

Current Experience

  • Project Manager - Postdoc researcher

    Ghent, Belgium
    Since October 2015

Past Experience

  • Research specialist - postdoc researcher Biochemistry & Biotechnology Brno, Czech Republic

    May 2013 --- September 2015

    - project on in silico redesign of protein stabilization and protein stability Analysis by rapid mixing temperature jump (mt-jump) and unnatural amino acids. protein targets are the aloalkane dehalogenase enzymes.

    - supported by the project “employment of best young scientists for international cooperation empowerment” (cz.1.07/2.3.00/30.0037) co-financed from european social fund and the state budget of the czech republic.

    - skills and competences: Problem Solving, (scientific) Communication, Teamwork, ...
    - technical skills: molecular biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Protein Engineering, computational tools, ...

    - oral presentation
    @ 4th international conference on novel enzymes (ghent, belgium, 14-17 october 2014)
    @ 10th international conference on protein stabilisation (stresa, italy, 7-9 may 2014)

    @ loschmidt laboratories
    department of experimental biology
    Research centre for toxic compounds in the environment
    faculty of science, masaryk University
    kamenice 5, bld. a13, 625 00 brno, czech republic

  • PhD student Gent, België

    January 2009 --- February 2013

    - project on Characterization and engineering of epimerases for the production of rare sugars. during this project, i got familiar with Enzyme Research, protein/Enzyme engineering techniques, and acquired profound knowledge (on the procution and use) of rare sugars.

    - side project: development of a crystallization method for tagatose

    - funded by the agency for Innovation by science and technology in flanders (iwt-vlaanderen)

    - skills and competences: Problem Solving, (scientific) Communication, Project Management, perseverance and motivation, ...
    - technical skills: molecular biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Protein Engineering, computational tools (molecular, protein visualization, homology modeling Software, Databases), scientific automatization, Analysis techniques, ...

    @ centre of expertise - industrial Biotechnology and biocatalysis
    department of biochemical and microbial technology
    faculty of Bioscience engineering, ghent University
    coupure links 653, blok b, 2nd floor, 9000 gent, belgium

  • Scientific Researcher (R&D) Gent, Belgium

    January 2008 --- December 2008

    - project entitled “redesigning a cellobiose phosphorylase towards a lactose phosphorylase”. here, i also got introduced in Carbohydrate Research; crystallography and Downstream processing.

    - funded by industrial Research fund (iof) of the ghent University

    - skills and competences: Problem Solving, (scientific) Communication, Teamwork, ...
    - technical skills: molecular biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Protein Engineering, computational tools, scientific automatization, ...

    @ centre of expertise - industrial Biotechnology and biocatalysis
    department of biochemical and microbial technology
    faculty of Bioscience engineering, ghent University
    coupure links 653, blok b, 2nd floor, 9000 gent, belgium

  • Scientific Researcher (unsalaried) Gent, België

    September 2007 --- December 2007

    - project related to my first iwt application for a phd scholarship.

     

    during these 4 months, i prepared my application for a phd scholarship in a project related to nasonia vitripennis venom, including a small pilot study.

     

    - skills and competences: scientific funding agency, (scientific) Communication, perseverance and motivation, ...

     

    @ laboratorium voor zoöfysiologie department of Physiology faculty of Sciences, ghent University k.l. ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 gent, belgium

  • Master thesis student

    October 2006 --- June 2007

    - project related to my master dissertation entitled "cloning, heterologous expression and immuno-reactivity of candidate venom gland components with homology for known components of snake and scorpion venom".

    during this period, i was a thesis Student, doing Research on candidate venom (gland) components of the honey bee.

     

    - skills and competences: Problem Solving, (scientific) Communication, Teamwork, ...

    - technical skills: Biochemistry, molecular biology, Microbiology, ...

     

    @ laboratorium voor zoöfysiologie department of Physiology faculty of Sciences, ghent University k.l. ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 gent, belgium

Knowledge

LinkedIn Assessment :
molecular biologyBiochemistryMolecular CloningProtein EngineeringProtein ExpressionProtein PurificationMicrobiologyProtein chemistryBiotechnologyPCRLifesciencesAssay developmentGeneticsDNAEnzyme KineticsScientific WritingScientific PresentationProject Management

Education

  • Doctor (PhD) in Applied Biological Sciences: Cell and Gene Biotechnology from Universiteit Gent in 2013
  • Advanced Course in Downstream Processing from Biotechnology Studies Delft Leiden in 2009
  • Master in Biochemistry from Ghent University in 2007
  • Bachelor in Biology from Ghent University in 2005

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    9 weeks
  • Work From Home:
    No
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
    BrightOwl freelancer
    BrightOwl employee
  • International:
    Yes

Area / Region

Ghent, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes

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