PhD Scholarschip in the field of bioanalysis

Category:  PhD

1 - Working at the VUB

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2 - Position description

The Faculteit Geneeskunde en Farmacie, Department Farmaceutische en Farmacologische Wetenschappen, is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant


More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains: 

  • You will be involved in a research project on targeted brain metabolomics in volume-limited samples;
  • You will keep track of recent developments in the field;
  • You will develop analytical methods for enantioselective analysis of brain metabolites using miniaturized liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry;
  • You will perform data analysis strategies to find possible biomarkers;
  • You will report in writing and orally;
  • You will attend and participate in conferences, workshops, …;
  • Your scientific work should result in several manuscripts published in international peer-reviewed journals and a PhD thesis in pharmaceutical sciences;
  • You will supervise bachelor and/or master students for their thesis;
  • You will assist in the organization of practical courses for students in the bachelor and/or master program.


For this function, our Brussels Health Campus (Jette) will serve as your home base. 

3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?


  • You have a master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent; 


  • You are interested in analytical chemistry, data analysis, pharmacology;
  • You are highly motivated to obtain a PhD;
  • You are a dynamic and flexible person;
  • You are able to work independently, yet as a team member;
  • You can work accurately;
  • You have good knowledge of the English language and excellent presentation and communication skills (in writing and orally);
  • You look forward to transfer your knowledge and insights to bachelor and/or master students with great enthusiasm;


  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?


You’ll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship, for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/10/2023


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


IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.


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 the latest on 30/06/2023 your CV, letter of motivation and the highest degree you’ve attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).


Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Professor Ann Van Eeckhaut at or on 02/477.47.46.


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You can contact the person mentioned in the job description.