01 July 2020

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With your motivation letter you add a research statement (max. 3 pages) highlighting your added value for the research program of our Department and for the Biomedical Sciences group. In a teaching statement, you elaborate on your vision on academic teaching (max. 1 page).
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The Department of Oncology at KU Leuven is embedded in the LKI Leuven Cancer Institute and unites a core of fundamental and clinical cancer researchers at KU Leuven and the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven), one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. By creating a strong link between "bed" and "bench", our researchers aim at unraveling crucial mechanisms that underlie cancer initiation and progression and developing innovative cancer treatments. In particular, we ambition to contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying intratumor heterogeneity and its dynamics during progression and therapy response.

To complete our already wide-range of expertise, we now wish to recruit an expert in innovative microscopy strategies such as high-resolution 3D imaging and intravital microscopy. The department is also engaging into education and fulfills a crucial role in the training of clinicians and cancer researchers.

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The successful candidate leads a prominent research line in the field of in vivo tumor imaging with a pronounced translational potential and has a collaborative mindset. He/she will be expected to build bridges between existing research groups in the field of intravital microscopy at KU Leuven and UZ Leuven, as well as with other academic centers and the industry. He/she will also facilitate the implementation of the intravital microscopy technique for various tumor types in the hospital, for example by setting up PDX models suitable for intravital imaging.


He/she will provide high-quality education in the field of oncology and innovative microscopy strategies and contribute to the pedagogical project of the faculty / university through the supervision of master's theses and doctoral students. The candidate will develop an education program in accordance with the vision of KU Leuven and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university. He/she will contribute to the educational activities of the cancer program of the doctoral school.


The candidate should be prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services. KU Leuven expects enthusiastic participation in committees related to research and education within the Department of Oncology, the LKI, the Biomedical Sciences group and the university. He/she will actively be involved in the organization of symposia related to innovative imaging strategies in tumor biology and conferences and create visibility for in vivo microscopy techniques at the LKI.


The candidate has obtained a doctorate in the (Bio-) Medical Sciences or another field that provides excellent preparation for the requested research and education program. He/she has very good teaching and training skills and has a relevant and strong research track-record. Experience in the fields of mouse modeling and intravital microscopy, is a plus, as well as experience abroad and the prospect of research funding.
The successful candidate should also be selected for, or already have, a VIB group leader position at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology.Proficiency in English is required.
The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.


We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally-oriented university that performs both fundamental and applied scientific research. The university is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. The candidate will be employed in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city in the heart of Belgium, 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of Europe, and less than 2 hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …