PhD position on iPSC models in neurodegeneration (ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia)

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

28 Mar 2018


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Ludo Van Den Bosch Lab



About the Lab

The Laboratory of Neurobiology is part of the research group Experimental Neurology (Neuroscience Department) at KU Leuven. The group has a close collaboration with the Neurology Department of the University Hospitals Leuven with about 50 researchers in different domains.

In addition, the laboratory is one of the research groups of the VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research (CBD) at KU Leuven/ Campus Gasthuisberg focusing on Neuroscience. There are 17 research groups within the CBD with a total employment of 300 researchers (38 different nationalities).  

The Laboratory focusses on clinical and fundamental research into the prevention, heredity, the pathogenesis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) and stroke.

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated doctoral researcher with interest in neurodegeneration and experience in progranulin biology and/or iPSC technology. Motivated candidates with a strong commitment to basic research are invited to apply.

The research project, under supervision of principal investigator Philip Van Damme, will focus on the neurodegenerative disorders ALS and FTD and will involve in vitro techniques, validation of neuroprotective compounds, iPSCs and small animal models.



The candidate:

  • should hold a Master degree in biomedical sciences, medicine or bio-engineering
  • should be a team player with good communication skills
  • should fluently speak and write English
  • Please note that you should be eligible to obtain a personal fellowship with the FWO

Desirable but not required:

  • Experience in research on neurodegenerative disorders and/or iPSC technology is a plus.

We offer

We offer a fulltime 1-year contract in an enthusiastic and motivated team and a dynamic scientific work environment. The contract can be extended to 4 years, depending on the available funding. 

The Center for Brain & Disease (CBD) at KU Leuven is an international research group focusing on neuroscience. The CBD provides different opportunities to present and share data on weekly seminars, lectures and international conferences. Different state-of-the-art core facilities are available for all CBD researchers.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted through the VIB website. Please complete the online application procedure and include a CV, a list of publications if applicable, a summary of past research and the contact information of 2 to 3 referees. The best-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview.

For additional information concerning this job offer, please contact Lien Houbrechts.

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