Gene Therapy Engineer - Vector Design

17 February 2020

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The Laboratory of Viral Cell Biology and Therapeutics (LVCBT) at KU Leuven is recruiting a highly motivated and skilled researcher to fulfill the role of Gene Therapy Engineer - Vector Design.

This vacancy is in the context of the establishment of a clinical program geared towards the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases using AAV vectors. This program will be performed in close collaboration with a biotech company and provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of an exciting therapeutic modality.

The position is available immediately

  • You are part of a drug development team in a stimulating setting
  • You are responsible for the design/optimization of viral vectors
  • You are responsible for verifying vector performance using a number of assessment methodologies
  • You are responsible for reporting on the development process
  • You discuss progress of the research with the supervisor and with the industrial stakeholders
  • You have a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, bioscience engineering or equivalent, with minimum 3 years of experience
  • Strong hands-on expertise in molecular biology (vector design, DNA cloning techniques, shRNA/siRNA technology, CRISR Cas9,…)
  • You pay attention to details and produce high-quality work
  • You are a team player with strong communication skills
  • You are fluent in English
  • We offer a full-time appointment for one year, with the option to extend
  • A stimulating work environment driven by the ambition to deliver new therapeutics to patients in collaboration with industry
  • Superb career development opportunities with exposure to R&D in an exciting new therapeutic modality; possibility to interact with international collaborators