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Lab Technician - Belgium  

VIB (company)


Posted on : 25 April 2017

Project Description

  •  The Laboratory of Neurobiology is part of the research group Experimental Neurology .
  • The group has a close collaboration with the Neurology Department of the University Hospitals with about 50 researchers in different domains. 
  • In addition, the laboratory is one of the research groups of the company Center for Brain & Disease Research (CBD) at our company / focusing on Neuroscience. 
  • There are 13 research groups within the CBD with a total employment of 230 researchers.   
  • The Laboratory focusses on clinical and fundamental research into the prevention, heredity, the pathogenesis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) and stroke.

Job Description:
  • We are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic lab technician to join our lab. 
  • You will work together with an experienced PhD student and/or postdoctoral researcher. 
  • Experienced senior lab technicians will provide training.
  • Our current research project focusses on peripheral neuropathies; more specific the effect of certain inhibitors on the axonal transport in neurons, derived from induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), as well as the disease progression in mouse models will be investigated.
  • In this research project, the focus will be mainly on:  animal handling, surgery and functional testing.

In addition, following techniques will be used:
  • Protein Biochemistry (purification, western blot, immunoprecipitation etc.);
  • Immunohistochemistry;
  • Molecular biology (DNA/RNA-purification, PCR etc.);
  • Cell culture of iPSCs (differentiation of neurons and glial cells, transfections etc)
  • ​You possess at least a degree in Biomedical or Biological Sciences (Professional Bachelor/Master) or equivalent. Further professional experience/development is an asset. 
  • A FELASA B license for animal work is an advantage. 
  • Experience with animal handling, immunohistochemistry and cell cultures is a plus, however not required. 
  • You demonstrate team spirit, responsibility, motivation and patience. 
  • You are result- and detailed-oriented, independent and yet able to interact well with other members of the research team.
  • You like to work in an interdisciplinary environment and have strong communication skills.
  • You are flexible and stress resistant.
  • Good English skills - both oral and written - are essential in our international research group.

We Offer
  • We offer a full time contract of 1 year in an enthusiastic and motivated team in a dynamic scientific work environment with access to state-of-the-art infrastructure.
  •  Contract renewal is potential after a positive evaluation and depending on available funding.