Research Associate -
Confo Therapeutics, a spin-off of VIB and VUB, is a drug discovery company built around a disruptive technology which enables it to address ‘undruggable’ GPCRs. The company is building a portfolio of transformative medicines in various disease areas. Confo Therapeutics’ headquarter is located on the Technology park in Zwijnaarde/Ghent and the company has a second exploitation site on the Etterbeek campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. More information about Confo’s technology and strategy can be found on www.confotherapeutics.com.
For the expansion of our molecular engineering capacities in Confo’s Ghent site, we are recruiting an enthusiastic (m/f):
Research Associate - Molecular Engineering.
You will design and execute innovative cloning strategies of single genes (GPCRs and VHHs) for optimal expression and implement these strategies corporately
You will design and clone combinatorial antibody (VHH) libraries for multiple downstream applications such as improved VHH repertoire display, affinity maturation and others
You will establish SOPs and train stakeholders accordingly
You will assist in managing Confo Therapeutics’ construct inventory (antibodies and GPCR expression cassettes) in CLC Main Workbench and align with the Laboratory Information Management System
You will assist in the implementation and management of Confo Therapeutics’ VHH sequence repository
You proactively scout and troubleshoot cross-department molecular engineering problems and communicate progress to the stakeholders and project teams
Bench oriented Bachelor or Master in life sciences with experience in laboratory research in a biotech environment
Proficient hands-on experience with the rational design and execution of cloning strategies of single genes and antibody repertoires (restriction-based cloning, Gateway cloning, In-Fusion, Gibson assembly or similars) and related molecular biology techniques
Familiar with sequence analysis software (CLC Main Workbench or Workflow Manager or alike)
Experience with combinatorial antibody or VHH repertoire cloning and display and batch-wise sequence analysis is an asset
A confident, positive and well organized approach to problem solving
A self-motivating enthusiastic team player that enjoys a high pace “start-up” atmosphere, shows eagerness to learn and likes troubleshooting
You are fluent in English and communicate research results to the cross-functional stakeholders across the company
A competitive compensation package with extensive benefits
An entrepreneurial and stimulating working environment in a growing and ambitious biotech company
Excellent career development opportunity, with exposure to all aspects of R&D in the company
Do you have the right qualifications and are you up to the challenge of joining our entrepreneurial team? Then forward a short motivation letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.