Fiber Lab Manager
Catholic University of Leuven Kulak

KU Leuven is a dynamic and ambitious university, top-ranked in the areas of education, research and innovation. As one of the largest employers in Belgium, we offer employment to over 13.000 employees in a wide variety of functions. Within the Group of Science and Technology, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is looking for a new employee for Flanders Institute for Biomechanical Experimentation (FIBEr). FIBer is a laboratory that investigates the mechanical properties (stiffness, strength, microstructure) of biological tissue, in casu bones, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, etc. Identifying these mechanical properties is essential to obtain insight into specific pathologies related to alterations in these mechanical properties (e.g. osteoporosis, arterial dissection, osteoarthritis,…), and to improve guidelines for the design of prosthetic materials that serve to replace or support the diseased tissue or organ. The tested material consists mainly of tissues from deceased donors, biopsies or laboratory animals (always upon ethical approval). The lab possesses several types of mechanical testing devices, each suited for testing different types of tissues and/or material properties. There is also a sample preparation room as well as a sample storage room for (cryo-)preservation. There are around 25 researchers, PhD students and master students that frequent the lab. Furthermore, projects are frequently performed for or in collaboration with biotech companies. FIBEr is a relatively young institute (conceived in september 2017) and its increasing success has created the need for an additional team member to perform its day-to-day operational management.

FIBEr is looking for a lab manager to take up the operational responsibility of the lab. Specifically, this person will be responsible for:

 Day-to-day functioning of the lab

  • organisation and stock management of consumables
  • Management of hazardous waste
  • Sample storage management, i.e. monitoring correct usage of freezers by the researchers, periodic maintenance
  • Maintaining of overall order and cleanliness
  • Solving or reporting/delegating technical problems

 Day-to-day management of the sample- and data-management system

  • Maintaining of the existing booking and sample management system, reporting of system and user flaws/errors, drafting of billing reports for the financial department
  • Data management on the various PC’s, maintaining digital organization
  • Solving or reporting IT problems

 User management

  • Training of new users (w.r.t. HSE requirements and lab-specific regulations)
  • Maintaining of the lab-specific regulations

 Performing and supporting of mechanical testing

  • Precise execution of predefined mechanical testing protocols
  • Providing practical support during experiments of FIBEr users

 The lab manager will be supported and advised by the existing FIBEr team on a regular basis.

  • You have a Bachelor degree (technical or biomedical lab technology) or equivalent by experience.
  • Interested in biomechanics-related research (no specific prior knowledge required, but general technical skill is a must)
  • Willingness to manipulate tissues originating from humans and lab animals
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Keen on order and neatness
  • A correct level of assertiveness and ability to take initiative
  • Practical and pragmatic
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Fluent in English and willingness to learn Dutch
  • Team spirit
We offer you a job in an innovative environment where you will get the opportunity to develop your talents and skills.
We plan to recruit as soon as possible. We offer a full time contract of indefinite duration. Part time can be discussed.
The salary will be paid in grade 4 or 5, depending on your experience and competences.

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