Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Assistant in Pharmaceutical Sciences - In Vitro Toxicology and Derm

Vrije Universiteit Brussel



Company Profile

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community. 

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.


Job Description

Staff category                  Assisting Academic Personnel
Specific designation                  Post-doctoral research and teaching assistant
Scope of appointment                  1 FTE
Faculty                  Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy


                 Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences


Education & Research Domain

Pharmaceutical Sciences


- Supervision of bachelor students, master students and PhD students.

- Assisting in practical courses (pharmaceutical analysis) and student projects (drug-oriented) for bachelor students in pharmaceutical sciences.



- Setting up a research project in the area of experimental toxicology and hepatology with focus on connexin and pannexin signalisation.

- Writing scientific publications.

- Assisting in writing of grant applications.


Job Profile

- Doctor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Sciences or equivalent.

- Experience in experimental in vitro toxicology and/or fundamental liver research with relevant scientific publications in international ‘peer-reviewed’ journals and presentations in international conferences.

- Practical know-how regarding cell cultivation techniques as well as molecular biology and cell biology methodologies.

- Experience in supervising bachelor and master students.

- Team player yet able to work independently.

- Excellent communication and didactic skills.

 Degree or Diploma.

The candidate is expected to subscribe to the university’s vision of education. (The full text in relation to this is available on the university website.)

Members of the academic staff who, as title-holders, are charged with teaching assignments, must be able to demonstrate the required knowledge of the language of instruction for the relevant course units.
Example: When a course unit is taught in English, the candidate is required to have the appropriate certificate.

The table below give the possible combinations for the determination of the required level of language proficiency:

Language of diploma

of Academic faculty

                Language in which

                teaching is to be conducted

         Level Proficiency

         certificate teaching language



         No certificate required


                Other than Dutch          C1 teaching language
Other than Dutch


         C1 Dutch
Other than Dutch


         No certificate required
Other than Dutch

                Other than Dutch 

                (≠ language of diploma)

         C1 teaching language



As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1]  campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to


Additional Information

Planned starting date                   01/12/2019
Length of contract                   2 years (renewable)
Deadline for application                   Applications to be submitted no later than 31/10/2019
Contact person                   Prof. Mathieu Vinken
Contact telephone                  +32-2-477.45.87
Contact e-mail         



Applications can only be submitted online (via the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • a brief CV
  • comprehensive details of academic portfolio
  • teaching and research perception, mentioning the candidate’s five most important publications
  • a concise statement of the reason for applying including explanation about the development of future research
  • diplomas

In your application, please refer to


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