We are looking for a communicative and driven postdoctoral researcher to strengthen our sustainable health department in VITO for the further development of our immuno peptidomics-platform.

VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. The sustainable health department is developing new applications, measurement methods and biomarkers aimed at preventive health care, health management and preventing disease.
The current team, situated in the Centre for Proteomics in Antwerp (a collaboration with University of Antwerp), consists of permanent researchers, laboratory technicians, PhD and postdoctoral students and wishes to expand with an extra postdoctoral researcher. More information available on or

As postdoctoral researcher, you are hired to work on a VLAIO-project in collaboration with different project partners, both academic (Uinversity Antwerp, KULeuven, VUB) and industry partners (amongst others the pharmaceutical industry). The goal is to set-up a more sensitive immuno peptidomics platform for application in the field of colorectal cancer. The project collaboration allows us to combine expertise in oncology, in silico neoantigen prediction, T-cell repertoire profiling, immunogenicity profiling and high sensitive peptidomics. You will have access to state-of-the art equipment, including orbitrap mass spectrometers and Trapped ion mobility Q-Tof.

Your responsibilities:
• You will run the project execution in close collaboration with the different project partners. Specifically, you will set up a sensitive immune peptidomic analysis pipeline and perform and coordinate the analysis of samples, provided by other partners in the project.
• You will work independently towards the project goal, take responsibility for high quality results and reporting.
• You communicate regularly with laboratory technicians as well as proteome scientists, bioinformaticians and statisticians.
• You attend the project meetings, who are led by a senior researcher of VITO.
• You mentor Master and PhD-students working on the same subject.

  • You hold a PhD with a proven track record in applying mass spectrometric techniques or proteomics in general, preferentially in biomedical/clinical settings.
  • You are a hands on problem solver with good communication skills.
  • You have experience with sample preparation, mass spectrometry analysis and data analysis in proteomics.
  • Experience in oncology or immunology is considered a plus.
  • Experience with  programming/bioinformatics is a plus.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You are willing to relocate to our project partners (e.g. Leuven, Gent and Mol).
  • A temporary contract for 2 years
  • A competitive salary, completed with a range of benefits including allowances, insurances and an adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours
  • Your main place of employment is Antwerp. In addition, you will regularly visit our project partners and VITO’s head office (e.g. Leuven, Gent and Mol
  • The chance to be part of an organization with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy