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Professor 'Integrative molecular biology'

Category:  Academic Staff & Researchers

1 - Working at the VUB

For already 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 and 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 connected, 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.

2 - Position description

The Faculteit Wetenschappen en Bio-ingenieurswetenschappenVakgroep Biologie, is looking for a full-time professor


More concretely your work package contains: 


Education and Research domain:


Integrative molecular biology 


The Department of Biology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is active in research, education and service to society in the  field of Biology. The research disciplines in the department include cellular and molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary biology.

The department is seeking an excellent candidate for a senior academic staff position (lecturer/senior lecturer/full professor) in experimental molecular biology with a focus on cellular/ developmental biology and an interface with ecology and/or evolution.

You are expected to contribute to the continuity of our high scientific and educational standards.


Education tasks:


  • You will teach courses in molecular and cellular biology in the educational programs for which the department is responsible (mainly Bachelor of Science Biology and the Master programme of Molecular and Cellualr Life Sciences).
  • You will also supervise master’s thesis and PhD students.
  • Teaching is conducted in Dutch and English.


Research tasks:


  • You are an expert in experimental molecular biology.
  • You will perform research on integrative molecular biology of genetic, cellular and/or developmental processes.
  • You will collaborate in synergy with colleagues (Biology Department, Bio-engineering Department and/or the Medical Faculty) working on phylogeny, population genetics, in silico genomics and transcriptomics and will also perform research on non-model organisms to tackle problems in fields such as gene–environment interactions and/or evolutionary innovations.
  • You should have appropriate post-doctoral research experience in this domain, and are expected to be familiar with current molecular biology research methodologies, and to apply these in your research.
  • You will develop an independent, challenging research program, leading to acquisition of external funding. Since the latter is very competitive, only applicants with a high profile CV and publication list, and with and excellent research proposal will be considered.


Other tasks:


You are expected to:

  • integrate actively into the Department;
  • participate in management and organizational activities within the Department and the Faculty;
  • contribute to valorization of the research results in the framework of service to society and PR activities.


For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base. 

3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?


  • You have a PhD degree in Sciences, Bio-engineering Sciences, or a related field, awarded on the basis of an original thesis.


  • You must show a track record of research activities at the highest academic level and within the research domain of the vacancy.
  • A substantial, international, postdoctoral experience is recommended.
  • You should also be committed to excellence in teaching at the Bachelor and Master levels.


  • You subscribe to the university’s vision of education. The full text in relation to this is available on the university website.


  • Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a teaching session.  


  • 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. More information about the regulations concerning the language proficiency you can find via  

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?


You’ll be offered an appointment as full-time professor, with planned starting date 01/05/2022


  • If the recruitment is in the rank of lecturer, you'll be offered a tenure track appointment, which implies an initial appointment as lecturer for a period of 5 years, with eligibility for tenure in the rank of senior lecturer by the end of this initial period. 


  • If the recruitment is in an other academic ranks, you'll be offered an appointment for 3 years, with eligibility for tenure in the same rank by the end of this initial period.

You’ll receive a salary linked to one of the scales set by the government.


At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.


As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract). 

5 - Interested?

Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?


Send us ONLINE and at latest on 31/12/2021:

  • your motivation letter, including your vision on education and research, and an explanation about the development of your future research;
  • your curriculum vitae, including you academic dossier; 
  • your degrees and diplomas (not applicable for VUB alumni) and language certificates.


Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Dr. Luc Leyns at or on +32-(0)2-6293443.


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