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GF/2019/017 - Asststant Academic Staff - 100% - Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Sciences

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The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its hospital - UZ Brussel – employs more than 6000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital.

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way the University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout society.

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the University Community to participate in the decision making process and scrutiny of University policy.

The following form part of the University’s mission:

  • the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;
  • the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social engagement;
  • the creation of a society in which everyone is capable of engaging in critical thinking.


  • Academic department: FARM (Department op Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences), IVTD (In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-Cosmetology unit)
  • Subject area: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Teaching (10% of time)

  • 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.

Research (90% of time)

  • 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.

Questions about content?
Contact Prof. Mathieu Vinken on +32 (0)2 477 45 87 or via


  • 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 kills.

The candidate is expected to endorse the educational vision of the university (full text available on the university website).

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Members of academic faculty with teaching duties are required to prove their command of the teaching language. E.g.: for teaching in English the candidate provides evidence of proficiency in English at C1 level by submitting a language certificate (or a waiver).


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This centre, with all its opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.

Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalisation cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance.

More information is available at under the heading ‘future employees’.

  • Planned starting date: 15/05/2019
  • Length of contract: 2 years
  • Deadline for application: 25/04/2019
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

  • Placed on:Fri 29 March 2019
  • Location: Brussels


Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel


For more information:
at the number: 02/4749312
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