Research Manager – Translational Genetics

28 February 2019

Apply before 15 March 2019


As a research manager, you will closely collaborate with the head of the lab and regularly report the progress of various projects. You are willing to support and contribute to several research projects of the lab, have a collaborative spirit and are eager to liaise with clinicians, pathologists, computational biologists, but also technology transfer experts and industrial collaborators. You need to be able to organise and troubleshoot your work independently, document it thoroughly and communicate results and experiences with the team in a transparent and professional manner.

About the lab

The Laboratory for Translational Genetics, headed by Diether Lambrechts, aspires to tackle important questions in oncology by translating genome-scale data sets into clinically applicable knowledge. The general objective of the lab is to leverage the genetic and epigenetic annotation of tumors and thereby improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Investigations are based on the application of cutting-edge genetic sequencing technologies and advanced bioinformatics, and the seamless integration of genomic data sets with clinical and fundamental biological information. To achieve their goals, the lab relies on experimental models of human cancer, the collection of tumor and liquid biopsies within clinical trials and the application of advanced high-throughput and single-cell sequencing technologies.

Profile and skills

We are looking for a highly motivated, well organized and dynamic candidate with a high level of independence and creative thinking.

  • You hold a PhD in the Life Sciences, Engineering, Biology or equivalent preferably with (basic) knowledge in (preclinical) cancer biology.
  • You have a strong interest in translational research in a multidisciplinary field, including computational biology.
  • You must have good, open communication skills and are willing to support the other scientists of the team.
  • Fluent in English, both oral and written, is mandatory. Scientific writing skills in English are very important.
  • The interactions with many different partners requires very good interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in communication aspects in science and biomedical research, in particular the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin) is a plus.

We offer

  • A dynamic and challenging research work environment where quality, professionalism and team spirit are encouraged.
  • A broad professional network (academic, clinical and industrial) in a national and international setting.
  • The ability to learn, work with and become an expert in translational genetics.
  • The possibility to be at the start of scientifically cutting-edge and society relevant projects based on multidisciplinary and international collaborations.
  • The opportunity to be part of an international, young and dynamic team and provide a meaningful contribution to genetic and oncological research.
  • An open-ended contract.

Get in touch!

For more information please contact Prof. Diether Lambrechts – or Dr Els Hermans –

Selection process is based on CV and interviews – candidates are invited to upload an elaborate cover letter describing your motivation and add your detailed CV, including a list of your recent publications.

You can apply for this job no later than March 15, 2019 via the online application tool

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