Ghent University

Lab technician (26864)

2024-04-24 (Europe/Brussels)
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Ghent University is one of the top 100 universities in the Dutch language area, with more than 44,000 students and 15,000 staff members.

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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Occupancy rate: 100% - contract of indefinite duration

Application deadline: 24/4/2024

Your assignment

The Laval lab is seeking a talented Science Laboratory technician to join our team at the faculty of veterinary medicine.
The lab focuses on the pathogenesis of human and animal viruses infecting the nervous system, with particular attention to the associated immune responses. We aim to clearly address a possible viral aetiology and identify potential common neuroinflammatory mechanisms by which viruses initiate neurodegenerative diseases. Our lab is particularly interested in the role of herpesviruses (e.g., HSV1), coronaviruses (e.g., Porcine Hemagglutinating Encephalomyelitis virus (PHEV)) and paramyxoviruses (e.g., Canine distemper virus (CDV)) in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Are you a highly motivated and studious laboratory professional? Then you might be the right person to join our team and make a significant impact on the future of viral-induced neurodegenerative diseases.

Key responsibilities:

  • You manage day-to-day laboratory activities and support PhD students with practical work. Some of these tasks include: (i) in vitro work: weekly maintenance of cell cultures and viral growth; immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry stainings, microscopy analysis, ELISA, PCR; (ii) in vivo work: animal monitoring and maintenance of animal facility, help and assist PhD students with animal experiments (e.g., inoculations, dissections, tissue sampling and processing, …)
  • You will work with BSL-2 and BSL-3 pathogens and therefore strictly comply with biosafety rules
  • You have insights in the main objective of protocols and experiments and make recommendations for technical improvements and follow up of assays
  • You are responsible for the adequate qualification and training of the lab team with respect to the activities performed
  • You help master students with practical work and help onboard new lab members
  • You are also responsible for logistical and administrative tasks in the lab (e.g., maintenance and scheduled use of equipment, ordering supplies, software and documentation, …).

Employment in this project will be for about 4 years, with the possibility of being engaged in other projects within UGent afterwards.

For more information regarding the job content, please contact prof. Laval on 09 264 73 90 or via kathlyn.laval@ugent.be (Note: please do not forward your application via email but apply online).

Your profile

Knowledge and experience

  • You have a degree that allows you to perform the function of laboratory technician
  • You have relevant scientific and lab experience
  • You have experience with cell culture and virology related techniques (e.g., viral growth, viral titration)
  • You have a strong experience with microscopy techniques (e.g., immunofluorescent and immunohistochemistry).
  • You have experience working with mice (experience with other laboratory animals is a plus)
  • You have a good knowledge of the English language (spoken and written): given the international nature of the team, this is a necessity. Knowledge of Dutch and French is a plus
  • You have good documentation and PC skills (MS Office). Knowledge of other relevant software tools for data analysis, equipment operations, etc is a plus.

Skills and attitudes

  • You have strong communication skills
  • You are a team player and enjoy working in a dynamic environment
  • You work precisely, structured and with an eye for detail
  • You are an enthusiastic, proactive, disciplined and self-motivated individual
  • You are able to work independently
  • You are flexible and stress-resistant. You know how to organize yourself according to priorities, you are willing to do occasional weekend/evening work
  • You are interested to take part in the virology and neuroscience research in the lab
  • You deeply care for the wellbeing of animals housed in the lab
  • You have scientific integrity and are eager to learn

What we offer

We offer a contract of indefinite duration in function class B with a salary in accordance with the UGent salary scales 4.1 to 6.2, determined by your relevant experience at the level of the position.  

All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. Discover our employee benefits

Admission requirements

  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree and you submit a transcript of your degree. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted
  • You apply online through the application tool by the application deadline and you submit all the required documents by the application deadline

The admission requirements need to be fulfilled by the application deadline.

How to apply

Please send us your CV and motivation letter by 24/4/2024 at 23.59h using our online application tool. We do not accept late/incomplete applications or applications that are not sent through the online system. Your application must include the following documents:

  • your cv
  • your application letter
  • a transcript of the required degree. 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
  • only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted

Job details

Title
Lab technician (26864)
Employer
Location
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33 Ghent, Belgium
Published
2024-02-19
Application deadline
2024-04-24 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-04-24 23:59 (CET)
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