Ghent University (UGent)
Postdoctoral Researcher Translational Oncology
The Unit for Translational Research in Oncology, headed by Prof. Steven Goossens, has a full-time vacancy for highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join our international team.
The applicant should be highly motivated and passionate about research with a strong interest in drug discovery and development. It is expected that the successful candidate individually designs, implements, and evaluates experimental results. You will be responsible for designing novel tools and technologies to identify, validate and optimize small molecules compounds to target transcription factors in acute leukemia. The research will be performed as part of a multidisciplinary consortium (TaTFAL) including experts in molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, structural biology and with strong interaction with industrial partners and clinicians.
About the Lab
The lab has ample expertise in genetic engineering, development of high throughput screening assays, generation of in vitro and in vivo cancer models to evaluate novel therapeutic strategies to combat aggressive subtypes of cancer. Our laboratory is fully equipped for molecular, cellular in vitro and in vivo work and we have access to all state of the art departmental and institutional core facilities including high end imaging, flow cytometry, proteomics, RNA Seq and high throughput genetic analysis, single cell analysis platforms, SPF animal facility and in vivo imaging.
ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY
Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.
•At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research.
•Responsible for designing novel tools and technologies to identify, validate and optimize small molecules compounds to target transcription factors in acute leukemia.
•Taking the lead in writing, finalizing, submitting, and revising publications of which you are a co-author.
•Contribute to the daily supervision and guidance of Master level students (Biomedical Sciences or equivalent) and PhD students in the research group.
•A limited amount of your time will be spent on project management such as project reporting, setting up and organizing project meetings with internal and external partners.
•Generally, contribute to a positive, enjoyable, and productive working environment.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
•You hold a thesis-based doctorate in Cell Biology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/ Biotechnology/Medicinal Chemistry or equivalent (obtained max. 6 years ago. This term of 6 years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma) with minimal 3 years of prior research experience in the fields of translational oncology and/or leukemia research.
•You are highly motivated and passionate about research with a strong interest in drug discovery and development.
•You have hands-on experience with in vitro and in vivo cancer models, transgenic animal models (mice), cell culture and other standard molecular biology technologies including flow cytometry. Experience with lead compound optimization and therapy efficacy studies is an advantage.
•You have an excellent track record of first author and other publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals.
•You have strong work ethics
•You have good oral and written communication skills in English (C1 level).
•You are team player with a strong sense of autonomy, responsibility and initiative.
•You have the necessary CV and willingness to apply for a junior or senior postdoc fellowships with the FWO (https://www.fwo.be/en/fellowships-funding/postdoctoral-fellowships/, or other international fellowships.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
•We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 4 years
• our contract will start on 1/10/2021 at the earliest.
•Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
•All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers.. Click here for a complete overview of all the staffbenefits (in Dutch).
Apply online through the UGent e-recruitment system before the application deadline. We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.
Your application must include the following documents:
•In the field CV: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
•In the field Cover letter: your application letter in pdf format
•In the field Diploma: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
•In the field other documents: two reference letters with contact details
Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.
As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Steven Goossens (Steven.Goossens@UGent.be, +32(0)9/33 210 49). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.
Do you have a question? Please read our FAQ regarding the online application process.