Project Manager
Catholic University of Leuven
Belgium

 
The Leuven Brain Institute (LBI) unites all neuroscience research at KU Leuven. The goal is to achieve excellence in neuroscience by joining forces to advance our understanding of the human nervous system, both normal and diseased. Together, we strive to generate scientific, societal and clinical impact at an unprecedented scale. Scientifically, the LBI fosters new collaborations and new research lines that span the entire scope of neuroscience, from molecules to behavior and from in vitro systems to patients, to go beyond the state of the art. The LBI enables a creative and stimulating environment, where neuroscientists meet and find inspiration to tackle some of the greatest challenges our society faces today, where new ideas emerge and take form, and new knowledge transforms into action. We believe that through collaboration and interaction we will transform the field of neuroscience. With the support of Opening the Future, the KU Leuven institutional pillar for proactive fundraising of major donations, the LBI and the LKI (Leuven Cancer Institute) are jointly setting up a ‘Core Lab’ around innovative technological platforms to advance neuroscience and oncology research. A spatial multi-omics platform has recently been established and, in the coming months, a data core and a therapeutic exploration platform will also be built.

Responsibilities

As a project manager, you help design and conduct ambitious, trans-disciplinary neuroscience research projects leveraging these platforms. Your tasks are:

·      Developing and maintaining a network of all relevant stakeholders within KU Leuven, the University Hospital (UZ Leuven), VIB and external academic and industry partners;

·      Identifying innovative ideas, building collaborations, and draft ambitious research plans;

·      Conducting spatial omics experiments (spatial transcriptomics, mass spectrometry imaging, multiplex imaging) in collaboration with experienced colleagues, and ensuring a smooth project workflow from the reception of the tissue samples to the delivery of analyzed data;

·      Assisting the LBI Chairman and the ‘Core Lab’ Steering Committee in the coordination, integration and support of the scientific and technological research programs;

You report directly to the Chairman of the LBI and to the Core Lab Steering Committee, and work within the “Research Collaboration” and “Single Cell and Microfluidics” Expertise Units of the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain and Disease Research. You interact directly with the leaders of the different technology platforms, and with their technical and research staff. You collaborate closely with the projectmanagers of the LBI and LKI.

Profile

Required:

  • Background in life sciences (preferably bio-engineering, alternatively biomedical sciences, biology, pharmacy, medicine, veterinary science…)
  • Hands-on experience in a life sciences research laboratory
  • Strong organisatorial and writing skills
  • Ability to work in a team and in a fast-paced environment, to meet deadlines and handle stressful situations
  • Excellent social and diplomatic skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and in Dutch

Desirable:

·        Fascination for brain research and for single-cell technologies

·        Experience with project management and scientific writing

·        Familiarity with the KU Leuven Health Sciences Campus

Offer

  •  An opportunity to work in a unique professional environment at the KU Leuven Health Sciences Campus, where top researchers and top clinicians meet and collaborate
  •  A chance to contribute to breakthrough research projects and make an impact for people living with brain diseases
  •  A possibility to work independently within a professional research and management team
  •  A diversified job content
  •  A competitive salary with extra-legal benefits
  • We offer a full time position for 2 years(contract renewable each year) with the possibility for extension

Interested?

For more information please contact Mrs. Elsa Lauwers, tel.: +32 16 37 67 19, mail: elsa.lauwers@kuleuven.vib.be.

You can apply for this job no later than October 30, 2020 via the
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: October 30, 2020
  • Tags: Neurowetenschappen


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