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Technical Expert, domain Advanced Light Microscopy - 2019ATPFFBDEF008

The Antwerp Centre for Advanced Microscopy (ACAM) part of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Histology (CBH), Department of Veterinary Sciences of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for a

Technical Expert, domain Advanced Light Microscopy

Job description

The function includes the following tasks:

You will provide scientific and technical support in relation to microscopic experiments conducted as part of biomedical research projects for academia and industry. You will prepare and examine biological samples (cells, tissues, organs,…), assess and analyse image sets, and report the obtained results to the research coordinator and the head of the lab. Focus will be on light, fluorescence, confocal, high-content and light-sheet microscopy.

Specific tasks:

  • Identify, optimise and perform appropriate sample preparation protocols (e.g. preparation of paraffin sections, frozen sections, whole-mount preparations,…), optical clearing protocols for tissues and organs, and stainings of cell cultures and tissues (e.g. immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridisation, viral transduction,…);
  • Record biological samples and provide scientific and technical assistance (demos, alignment, first-line support) to users of the available microscopes in the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Histology (CBH) and the ACAM core facility: conventional light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, live cell imaging, confocal microscopy, dual spinning disk confocal microscopy, light-sheet microscopy; laser capture microdissection;
  • Set up high-content screening experiments;
  • Provide technical assistance in image processing, annotation and data analysis;
  • Carry out quality controls of the various microscopic systems and maintain contacts with companies (in consultation with the coordinator/lab head);
  • Keep close track of new developments in the field of microscopic imaging and identify promising new microscopic or image analysis techniques.


Profile and requirements

  • You hold a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Bioengineering Sciences, Biology, or you have demonstrable equivalent competencies through experience;
  • A Felasa C certificate is highly recommended.
  • You have valuable in-depth knowledge and ample experience in sample preparation in the field of biomedical microscopic imaging as well as in the latest biomedical microscopic imaging techniques applied in ACAM (see http://www.uantwerpen.be/en/rg/celw/).
  • You already have acquired some solid practical experience in conventional microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, live cell imaging and/or confocal microscopy. Prior experience in light-sheet and high-content microscopy is an asset.
  • You have a genuine, keen interest in biological imaging and microscopic techniques and are prepared to take additional training and courses in this area to expand your technical knowledge and skills and extend ACAM’s portfolio.
  • You are accurate and patient, have an eye for detail and are prepared to provide assistance and training to other users whenever needed.
  • You have a basic knowledge of image processing and/or are prepared to upskill your knowledge in this respect. Practical experience with ImageJ and R is recommended.
  • You are proficient in MS Office.
  • You have strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • You are a communicative and creative person always eager to learn and respected for your integrity and customer-friendly attitude, and a collaboration-minded professional always aiming for the highest quality.
  • You have strong skills in planning and organisation, and you can work independently.

We offer

  • a full-time contract for a period of 1 year with a possible extension after positive evaluation and depending on budgetary availability;
  • a gross monthly salary in pay band 7-9, usually beginning in entry-level grade 7. Depending on relevant seniority, the entry-level grade will range from 3.026,73 euro to 4.668,07 euro. More information about our salary scales and other benefits can be found here on our website;
  • meal vouchers and ecocheques;
  • 40 vacation days + 1 week institutional holiday (week between Christmas and New Year);
  • cycling allowance;
  • full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting;
  • flexible working hours.

How to apply?

  • You can only apply online, until 28 February 2019;
  • A pre-selection will be made based on the submitted applications; further selection is job-oriented and will be determined by the selection committee;
  • For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Jean-Pierre Timmermans,  head of the research group and core facility (jean-pierre.timmermans@uantwerpen.be – 03/265 33 27 or 03/2653300 (secr)).

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