Standard, routine analytical work is not often to be found at VITO. Your future lab's task is to resolve analytical issues that generally demand an approach tailored to the client. For this purpose, we have a whole range of analytical equipment, applications and experienced colleagues with complementary expertise on board.
The lab rarely carries out standard measurements – all of its work is carried out according to a client brief. More and more companies are contacting VITO's analytical lab with a challenge they can't immediately formulate a response to themselves. Insight into chemical issues mainly begins with a chemical analysis. Our analytical team produces an action plan for them and assists them with finding solutions. VITO tries to offer every client a tailored proposal.
The companies you will be working with are players in the chemistry, food and pharmaceutical industries – in short, they all have a complex question and they come to the VITO analysis lab for the answer.
The lab also supplies results for VITO's research projects in the field of sustainable materials research, health and sustainable chemistry. There will be no shortage of variety in your duties.

Are you interested in being a part of this team?
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic expert researcher in organic analysis to enhance our team. You will be responsible for the entire course of the chemical analysis, ranging from drawing up a measurement protocol to quality assurance and reporting. Besides this, developing project proposals and planning, carrying out and co-ordinating scientific research projects will be another major part of your duties.
You will independently seek out new opportunities to set up practical projects in the industry. In short, you will contribute to VITO's further growth into a recognised leader in this field, including at an international level.
In order to be able to carry out the role of an expert in full, you yourself will have several years of hands-on experience with a wide-ranging spectrum of analytical equipment and applications. Extensive expertise in terms of LC-MS is a must. Technical knowledge is indispensable in this, enabling you to become a point of contact for practical problems and troubleshooting in your role as an expert too. You will also take on the role of an expert externally, both during meetings with clients as in scientific forums. You will already have an (international) network of experts in your professional field.
You will divide your time between the lab and your office in order to carry out your duties. You will collaborate with analysts, who will take on the bulk of the practical work. This is why guiding and coaching team members will also be an important aspect of your task.


We will expect from you

  • A research-based doctoral degree in organic analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry;
  • The ability to translate characterisation challenges in complex matrices into analytical solutions;
  • Extensive knowledge of spectroscopic, chromatographic techniques (UPLC/LC-MS, GPC) (please include your level of expertise in your covering letter);
  • Experience of winning and carrying out both industrial and co-financed research projects.
  • Strong communication skills, to be multilingual and at ease working within (international) networks.
  • A client-focused attitude and an eye for opportunities. You should consider yourself to possess entrepreneurship and the ability to take initiative.
  • Good project management capabilities and strong organisational skills.
  • A flexible team player, who is also comfortable working independently and is able to get started on several projects at the same time. In doing so, you remain mindful of the deadlines and priorities.

  • A competitive salary
  • A range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level




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