Jobs in life sciences

Research manager

Ref. 191 - RM
Function: This person will lead an international & multidisciplinary team of scientists/ lab technicians in order to develop a new molecular Dx device.
Location: Leuven

The company:

The company aims to bring miniaturized, rapid, easy-to-use, lab-quality tests with built in connectivity direct to the patient and clinican. To do this, they are working to transform attitudes to diagnostic testing, currently dominated by centralised laboratory testing, and provide accurate and integrated disease analysis, enabling rapid access to lab-quality diagnostic information for everyone, anywhere and anytime.

They are developing an extensive portfolio of tests for screening, diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of health conditions, including infectious diseases. Spun out of imec (the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies) and a research collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. Based in Leuven, Belgium, the company is a privately-held company created in 2015.

Job description:

The company is currently looking for a Research Manager who will directly reports to the CEO. In this position you will lead an international and multidisciplinary team of scientists and lab technicians. The main focus is to develop a completely new molecular diagnostics device to be used at the point of need. You will operate at the intersection between two major disciplines: silicon chip (biosensor) technologies and biochemistry. In this capacity, you will also be working in close interaction with Imec, our founder and strategic R&D partner.

You will plandelegate, and organize the completion of the scientific and engineering work related to the research projects in molecular diagnostic testing, based on an in-depth knowledge of the miDiagnostics platform and associated technologies. You will also be responsible to define and propose new projects required to build this new testing device.

This means e.a.:

  • Design and evaluation of innovative technology building blocks;
  • Steer and manage several projects during the early feasibility and prototyping stages of our platform;
  • Develop and optimize new assay development projects to be run on the silicon chip;
  • Apply a scientific focus to solve challenging questions related to our core programs;
  • Submit scientific abstracts, manuscripts, grants and patent applications;
  • Support submissions of grants for non-dilutive funding;
  • Recruit, on-board, lead and coach (new) team members.

Requested competences and skills:

  • You have a PhD degree in science- or technology-related study domain with profound expertise in molecular biology with at least 3 years of industrial research experience or a Master degree in science- or technology-related study domain with at least 6 years of industrial research experience in molecular biology and with a strong interest in cutting-edge technologies and silicon chip technology;
  • You have profound research experience in molecular biology with a focus on nucleic acids, (RT-)(q)PCR design and optimization, microarray technology;
  • Experience in leading and coaching research teams in the industry is mandatory; 
  • Experience with in-vitro diagnostics development is considered a plus;
  • Experience in the field of Infectious Diseases is an asset;
  • A keen interest in technological domains such as microfluidics, biosensors and semiconductor chips;
  • You have a scientifically sound way of working (hypothesis-driven testing and experimental set-up);
  • Excellent scientific communication skills (presenting and writing, including abstracts, publications, grants, work instructions);
  • Knowledge of relevant scientific databases, Bio-IT and statistical tools;
  • Awareness of intellectual property and its implications;
  • You possess superior time management, leadership, communication and quality decision-making skills; 
  • You are highly driven to reach ambitious goals in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Language skills: excellent English (written and spoken); Knowledge of Dutch is an asset.