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Postdoctoral Researcher on Advanced Organ-on-Chip Systems
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer. To strengthen this position as a leading player in our field, we are looking for those passionate talents that make the difference!

Job Description:

Cardiotoxicity is the major cause of drug withdrawal from the market, despite rigorous toxicity testing during the drug development process. This puts an enormous risk and pressure on pharmaceutical companies. Existing safety screening techniques (optical, impedance, cellular assays) are either too limited in throughput or offer too poor predictability of toxicity to be applied on large numbers of compounds in the early stage of drug development. At imec, a new silicon multi-electrode array chip platform is developed that will address those challenges. This technology platform fits in the broader strategy to develop more advanced organ on a chip systems. The team you are working in at imec is specialized in cell interfacing technologies to assess biological parameters from (adherent) cells and tissues. During this postdoc you will contribute to the development of novel assays in organ-on-chip and bioreactor systems.

We offer a challenging position for two years in an advanced high-tech environment and in an international, interdisciplinary team. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process; not only with words but with concrete actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we offer various training possibilities. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary.


You have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Sciences or similar. You have extensive experience with cell culturing, cell analysis and imaging. Experience in electrophysiology and/or microfluidics is a plus. You can easily integrate in a multidisciplinary team within global context. Fluent English communication skills are required.

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).

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Date Posted: March 28, 2017