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Biolaboratory supervisor

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

People & HR, Operations
Delft, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Teaser

The Biocluster of the Imaging Physics Department in TU Delft is a unique multidisciplinary research cluster with expertise in structural and functional electron microscopy, optical microscopy and ultrasound imaging for biological and biomedical research. The affiliated researchers are all early-career independent PIs that are recognized world experts in their field and that are working on the creation and implementation of imaging-based solutions to biomedical, biological, neuroscientific and clinical questions.

We manage a small-scale biological facility encompassing a zebrafish aquarium, some ML1 biolabs, an ML2 tissue culture lab, and a small mouse stable. The facility is well embedded and used by various labs. It supports a thriving collection of imaging-related projects, and is supported by a number of biotechnicians. This is a highly collaborative environment, both within the department and in making experiments possible for researchers interested in biosamples in the faculties of Applied Sciences (AS), Mechanical, Maritime and Material engineering (3ME) and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS). Our facilities are unique in Delft, and our expertise unique in the Netherlands and Europe.

Job description

For additional support of our biological research we are looking for a hardworking & flexible biolaboratory supervisor with a biotechnical background. The successful applicant will spend a minimum of ~0.4 FTE on lab-managerial tasks, which will grow over time with the growth of the facility, and the remaining FTE on more specialized support tasks which will be defined in collaboration with present technicians.

Lab managerial tasks include arranging maintenance for facility equipment, arranging MTAs, lab organization, GMO registration, inventory and ordering, animal stocktaking and registration, safety (safety commission membership, safety round supervision, project safety report creation, chemical, biological and physical safety information registration), trainings of new staff and students, and taking point in communication with building management regarding current and future lab facilities (an expanded biofacility has been designed and planned in the new applied sciences building, to be occupied at a future date TBD).

Given the nature and size of the facility, occasional caretaker duties (food preparation, feeding, and maintaining aquarium and stable systems; training will be provided if needed), including occasional animal care on weekends and holidays (max 3 hrs/month during irregular hours) will be required in collaboration with scientific and support staff.

Other specialized support tasks will be defined based on the interest of the applicant and in consultation with existing staff. Training will be provided based on interest and proficiency; tasks can include a selection of

- Working with and maintaining stable cell lines and acute cell preparations (HEK, HeLa, MDCK, Neural Progenitor Cells, Neurons, mixed cultures)

- Advise, optimization and performance of tissue culturing and engineering (acute cultures, organotypic slice, organoids)

- Advise, optimization and performance of transfection and infection procedures (lipofectamine, CalPhos, lenti, AAV)

- Advise, performance and optimization of small animal procedures and husbandry

- CCD project proposals

- Molecular Biology (Gibson, restriction enzymes, golden gate, histology, gels)

- Protein engineering

- Optical and Ultrasound imaging

Requirements

Candidates should have completed a MBO or higher degree in a life science discipline, or the equivalent. Experience as lab technician or lab manager and FELASA or Dutch WoD article 6/9/12/13 certification are a strong plus.

Conditions of employment

  • A salary based on scale 8 of the CAO for Dutch Universities, plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.

Opportunity

We are offering a small-scale, ambitious, friendly, and supportive environment and are looking for a candidate who enjoys being in a scientific and academic environment, collaborates well with a variety of people including students, is methodical and organized, and is willing to keep their eyes open and not afraid to bring up things that can be improved.

The job allows for flexible hours, and a strong emphasis on personal satisfaction in the definition of daily tasks. Both in-house and external training for relevant expertise will be provided. The job has growth potential in that a larger facility will be built in the coming years, and the lab supervisor role will grow with it. Growth into either a full-time facility management or research technician role will depend on scientific and institutional developments in the coming years, but long-term planning for this is explicitly encouraged and will be facilitated.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,100 employees, including 150 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,600 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we educate innovative students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr.ir. D. Brinks, phone +31 (0)152788161, e-mail: d.brinks@tudelft.nl, w: www.brinkslab.org ; Dr. D. Maresca, phone: +31 (0)152786762, e-mail: d.Maresca@tudelft.nl w: https://www.marescalab.eu/ or dr. H.J. Geertsema, phone: +31 (0)152788289), e-mail: h.j.geertsema@tudelft.nl w: website

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 01-12-2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
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