Junior Group Leader / Fellow in Microbiology

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology

06 Feb 2018


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology

Kevin Verstrepen Lab

Senior Scientific (Managerial)



The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology is part of the VIB life sciences institute (www.vib.be) and is embedded within the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). 

The aim of the Center is to combine leading basic microbiology and systems biology research with top technology transfer activities.  The current research focuses on microbes as a model to study their general biology, cellular physiology, ecology and evolution, including themes like genetic and epigenetic inheritance, cellular sensing and signaling, biofilms and the intestinal ecosystem. Apart from being a leader in basic research, the Center is also an important hub for translational research, with emphasis on the beer, wine, bakery, biofuels, and green chemicals industries, as well as human medicine (antifungals, microbiome analysis,…). The Center is located in Leuven, 10 miles from Brussels, with frequent direct train connections to Brussels airport.

We are currently interested in recruiting a Junior group leader/research fellow specialized in any microbiology-related field; including but not limited to synthetic microbiology, systems microbiology, microbiomes, microbial pathogens, virology, bacteriology, antibiotics, computational (micro)biology and applied microbiology. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a keen interest in combining basic science with tech transfer.

The successful candidates will be appointed as VIB- KU Leuven Group leader and in this capacity can be appointed as research professor (tenure-track or tenure) at the KU Leuven, one of the oldest and most prominent universities in Europe. The successful candidates are expected to apply for additional research funding, including an ERC grant and/or an FWO Odysseus grant.

Your challenge: Setting up a forefront research group in basic and applied microbiology within the newly established center, publishing in high impact journals and translating novel insights into valorization strategies that contribute to better diagnosis and treatment.


We are looking for candidates who have:

  • a Ph.D  
  • At least 3 years of experience as a postdoctoral researcher or as junior faculty member
  • published at least 5 papers in leading journals of the field (typically IF>10)
  • a successful track record in fund raising is a plus but not required
  • an ongoing ERC grant or filed ERC application is a plus but not required
  • teaching experience at an academic level is also a plus but not required

We Offer

  • a position in a stimulating and international research environment with excellent peers that will help support the new fellow during her/his startup period
  • a generous start-up fund of 1 to 1.5 million euros
  • state-of-the-art laboratory space and access to VIB Core Facilities
  • a competitive salary
  • support in terms of finance, HR, tech transfer
  • support in applying for ERC and/or FWO Odysseus grants

How to apply? 

Please apply online and upload to your application: 

  • a list of your 5 most important achievements in the past 5 years (specific publications, patents, research, valorization or outreach initiatives,…)
  • a two- page statement of your research interests and research goals, including 2-3 main research topics for the coming 5 years.
  • full CV with list of publications
  • contact details of 3 referees

Fore more information please contact Kevin Verstrepen, Science director Center for Microbiology