Principal research fellow Experimental oncology

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Department: Molecular Imaging – Pathology – Radiotherapy – Oncology
Regime Full-time

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The Center for Oncological Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has the following full-time (100%) vacancy: principal research fellow in the field of experimental oncology.


As a principal research fellow, you will be part of the Academic Assistant Staff (Dutch: Assisterend Academisch Personeel, AAP). You will spend at least 50% of your working time on academic research. In addition, you will actively contribute to education and service activities.


  • You will carry out high-quality academic research in experimental oncology in relevant fundamental and preclinical models, more specifically on the development of novel immunotherapeutic and/or targeted combination therapies.
  • You will develop new research projects according to the strategic plan of the Center for Oncological Research (
  • You will report on the results of your research and produce academic publications in high impact scientific journals.
  • You will assist in the coordination of ongoing research projects and the activities of the research group. This includes lab management and administrative tasks.
  • You will contribute to attracting national and international research funding.
  • You will supervise PhD students in the preparation of their PhD theses.


  • You will provide support with teaching and also teach high-quality academic classes yourself, depending on the needs as discussed with the professors.
  • You will inform and supervise Bachelor and Master students according to the needs of the group.
  • Your teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes.


  • You will play an active role in the academic and societal service provision of the Center for Oncological Research. You will amongst others assist in student recruitment, serve on boards and committees and actively participate in science communication and patient participation.


  • You hold a PhD in bio(medical) sciences or a related discipline or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies . You have relevant and demonstrable research experience in the field of experimental oncology.  (Inter)national research contacts and collaborations are an asset.
  • Experience with preclinical development of immunotherapeutic and/or targeted combination strategies, molecular techniques, advanced imaging techniques, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry is a strong asset.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations .
  • You are able to carry out your work and achieve your objectives with a high degree of independence.
  • You are motivated to work actively on your further professional development. In this, you can make use of a wide range of training courses and professionalisation opportunities .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are highly driven, pro-active and you have excellent communication and writing skills.

What we offer

  • We offer an appointment as a principal research fellow for a period of three years. Following a positive evaluation, the appointment can be renewed once.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale  for a principal research fellow (Academic Assistant Staff, AAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • The planned start date is 1 February 2023  or as soon as possible after that date.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
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Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 29 August 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: your motivation letter and your academic CV. Your candidacy must include a description of your research expertise and a research plan for 3 years (in English, guideline 3 pages).
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions  or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Dr. Evelien Smits ( ) or Prof. Dr. Filip Lardon ( ).

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