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R&D Scientist (Consultant)

Research & development - Leuven | Just now

We are looking for an experienced R&D Scientist or R&D Engineer to join our team in Leuven, to support the development of a radically innovative testing solution for airborne infectious diseases, such as SARS-CoV-2. You will be working on the engineering heart of the virus detection system: the development of a novel PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) instrument and breath sampler. You will help design, build and test and lab setups and concepts and scientifically analyze the results. Together with internal and external developers, you will evolve the concepts into new iterations, to test new ideas or verify the latest designs. You will assist in the verification of the product prototypes, plus analyze and report the results. You will report to the system engineering lead to accomplish tasks that are instrumental to the success of this project. Also see

R&D Scientist (Consultant)

The assignment 

  • Design and building of breadboard and proof-of-concept lab setups combining electronics, mechanics, software (Labview), thermal design, optics, micro-fluidics.
  • Testing of the self-developed concepts as well as concepts suggested / created by other parties including creation of the required test plans protocols. 
  • Analyzing the newly created concepts and define, together with the team, which steps to take next. 
  • Assisting in formal verification testing of the product prototypes, analyzing and reporting on the results.

Required knowledge and skills

  • You have a master or PhD in (bio-) engineering, biotechnology, physics or similar. 
  • You combine strong analytical skills with a very hands-on mentality.
  • You can tick-off several of the following boxes (in order of importance). Experience with:
    o (Quantitative) Polymerase Chain Reaction
    o Thermal design
    o Electronics in general
    o Labview
    o Micro-fluidics
    o Mechanics design
    o Optics
  • You have a statistical mindset and know how to set statistical test criteria in place.
  • Being knowledgeable of good practices in medical / in vitro diagnosis product development, including design controls is a strong plus.
  • A team player with excellent communication skills and fluent in English.
  • Immediate availability to come and work at the Imec facilities in Leuven is a strong bonus.

Duration of the assignment

Minimum 6 months

Desired startdate and work regime

Asap - fulltime


imec Leuven

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