Working for the Red Cross Flanders

Red Cross Flanders employs 1,280 people and is continuously looking for talents with a strong motivation, an unrelenting strive for quality and a heart for people. Thanks to those people and our 14,000 volunteers we can spread our mission every day in the form of high-quality assistance.

The soft mission that drives us does not keep us from aiming for quality, day after day. Because as a humanitarian organisation we also want to be an excellent employer and a reference in the non-profit world.

Senior Scientist Molecular Stem Cell Biologist, Ghent

The Belgian Red Cross-Flanders Transfusion Research Center (TReC) performs translational research in the field of transfusion medicine and blood banking. Research questions investigate blood cell function, the preparation of blood cells for transfusion, blood product storage and cellular senescence. Our state-of-the-art laboratory is equipped with fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics tools and flow cytometry machines. Our research is published in peer reviewed international specialty journals. Our data contribute to improving transfusion medicine and patient care. This recruitment aims to expand our expertise to the field of cell (based) therapy.


  • You are an integral part of the Transfusion Research Center that performs research in the field of transfusion medicine and aims at expertise and know-how on blood and blood transfusion. One of our research lines currently focuses on platelets;
  • The aim to deliver top research quality demands technical and scientific input. Technological and scientific knowledge progresses quickly and this is especially true in the field of Stem Cell Biology and Engineering where we are recruiting a skilled expert;
  • You design and conceptualize novel research trajectories. To this purpose you detect opportunities and gaps in the current knowledge, still retaining the link to transfusion (medicine). You build relevant and realistic research questions that match with our current laboratory expertise;
  • You translate these research questions into qualitative research projects and experiments. You execute these experiments in close collaboration with our team of junior scientists and technicians;
  • You apply for (inter)national funding when and where this is possible. You are responsible for structural and technical follow-up of these credit lines;
  • You openly share and report research data within the organization and within the team;
  • You write, submit and track scientific papers in (inter)nationally high-ranked journals, reporting on your research output. You submit abstracts that summarize your data aiming to present at (inter)national expert conventions;
  • You closely follow the international scientific progress within your field of expertise in order to keep the technical know-how of the organization at the highest standard. The Transfusion Research Center aims at positioning Belgian Red Cross-Flanders as an (inter)nationally respected, knowledge-driven institution in the field of Transfusion Medicine;
  • You report to the Principal Investigator.

Your profile:

  • You have obtained a PhD in Science, degrees of Chemistry, Biochemistry and –technology and/or Bio-Engineering. You have obtained a PhD in Biomedicine, degrees of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and/or Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • You are a Molecular Biology, Gene Technology and Stem Cell Biology expert. You have (at least) two-years of relevant experience at postdoc level;
  • You have published in international journals with peer review as a first or senior author;
  • Knowledge of platelet biology is an asset;
  • You are an expert in data reporting, including graphing and statistics software packages;
  • Dutch is the main language, but communication in English both written and spoken is no problem for you;
  • You are a strong communicator and talented planner and organizer;
  • You have an analytical and critical mindset. You and your team aim for the best results.

Our Offer:

  • A full-time research position in a diverse and ambitious environment;
  • A modern research laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art analytical machines;
  • An enthusiastic team, dedicated to research;
  • A salary and benefits that comply with current market standards.


Rode Kruis-Vlaanderen, Campus Gent, Ottergemsesteenweg 413 in 9000 Gent.


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