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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