Researcher in the Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry

Ghent University



Job Description

With the support of the IOF (Industrieel Onderzoeks Fonds) we have a position available for a Lab Technician in the research group PBM (Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials) at Ghent University. At PBM the development of functional polymers for biomedical and bio-photonic applications are core expertise.

We offer an exciting full-time position for two years, starting in October 2019, with plenty of possibilities for growth within a young entrepreneurial research team that has the ambition to create a new spin-off company within the next two years.

The Lab Technician will be a central person to support the researchers:

In this role you will:

• Optimize and upscale the synthesis of a range of polymers.

• Produce, purify and characterize the obtained polymers (in multi-gram to kg-scale)

• Evaluate and optimize the 3D-printing and crosslinking of the obtained polymers

• Characterize the obtained materials and write specification sheets

• Write SOPs, reports and keep batch records

• Analyze and interpret experimental results and propose recommendations to better standardize the methods.

• Monitor all deadlines and coordinate your work towards the agreed deadlines

• Contact suppliers and partners to follow up op project results

• Report to the supervising post-doc researcher, when required present results to the project team including professor and business developer.


Profile of the Candidate

• A (professional) bachelor or master diploma in Chemistry / Chemical Engineering / Polymer Chemistry / Organic Chemistry and/or Process Technology

• Knowledge and experience with polymer/organic chemistry and scientific principles related to the operation of standard laboratory, analytical and/or processing equipment.

• Experience in an industrial setting is an asset, particularly in the specialty polymers/chemistry field.

• Good communication and writing skills (English and preferably also Dutch)

• Being able to work accurate, independently as well as in team is essential.

• Dynamic and sense of initiative.


How to Apply

Please apply (motivational letter and CV) asap by e-mail to or send to :

MSc. Jasper Van Hoorick

Faculty of Sciences,

Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Research Group Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry

Krijgslaan 281 - S4 9000 Ghent

In your application, please refer to