Careers

We are always on the lookout for talented researchers and staff to strengthen our team. We currently have several open positions for PhD students, postdocs or technical experts.

PhD Position to Study Synaptic Membrane Biology in Neurological Disease

A PhD position to study the cell biological basis of neurological disease is available in the Goodchild and Verstreken labs in the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research in Belgium.
We have a joint PhD position available in our labs to study how neurological-disease associated defects in lipid metabolism affect organelle and synaptic morphology and function. This project combines neurological disease with classic cell biology and neuroscience, and uses fly as a model organism. Our department houses state of the art live cell imaging capacities, 3D electron microscopy and CLEM, has an electrophysiology core, and CRISPR expertise to generate new genetic models. All these are available for this project.

Postdoctoral Scientist to Study the Basic Mechanisms Underlying Sleep and its Function in the Brain

The Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity (PI: Sha Liu) at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain and Disease Research, is seeking an energetic, highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join our group.  Our lab employs multi-disciplinary approaches, including Drosophila genetics, behavior analysis, electrophysiology, functional imaging, and neural circuit mapping and manipulation, to study the basic mechanisms underlying sleep and its function in the brain.
Current areas of interest include the roles of sleep in synaptic and network plasticity, and the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these sleep-dependent processes.  In addition, our lab is also interested in developing novel tools for precisely dissecting the neuronal and glial components of the fly brain. These tools will facilitate our own research in sleep but we also intend for them to be more generally useful to the neuroscience community. The postdoc will also have considerable freedom to develop his/her own projects in line with lab interests, in consultation with the PI.


 

Research Technician to Support the New Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity

The Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity (PI: Sha Liu) at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research is seeking an energetic and highly-motivated Research Technician to join our group.  Our lab employs multi-disciplinary approaches, including Drosophila genetics, behavior analysis, electrophysiology, functional imaging, and neural circuit mapping and manipulation, to study the basic mechanisms underlying sleep and its function in the brain.
The research technician will help us establish the lab and will support the team in daily research. The successful candidate is expected to perform molecular cloning, Drosophila stock maintenance, fruitfly genetics, behavior screening and immunohistochemistry. He/She will also be responsible for aspects of lab organization such as lab maintenance, orderings, and overseeing biosafety requirements.


 

Postdoctoral Researcher on new iPSC Models in Neurodegeneration

The research project, under supervision of principal investigator Philip Van Damme, will focus on the neurodegenerative disorder frontotemporal dementia caused by progranulin mutations and will involve in vitro techniques, validation of neuroprotective compounds, iPSCs and small animal models.
They are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with interest in neurodegeneration and experience in progranulin biology and/or iPSC technology.

Bioinformatics assistant

We are looking for a motivated bioinformatics assistant to support daily operations at the bioinformatics facility of our research center. You will provide, apart from all-round ICT support, assistance in the development, execution and support of high-throughput data analysis workflows on local servers and the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC).


 

Postdoctoral Research Position on Superresolution analysis of key-players in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis

The laboratory for Membrane Trafficking (Prof. Wim Annaert) studies the cellular biology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and aims to understand how intracellular transport regulation contributes to intramembrane proteolysis of APP and the production of neurotoxic Aβ peptides. They seek a young and ambitious postdoctoral fellow with a biophysical and/or cell biological background and proficient experience in superresolution imaging (PALM, STORM, SIM), single particle tracking and/or related analytical techniques.


 

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