Postdoc Position in Sleep and Neural Plasticity at cellular level

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

08 Apr 2018


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Sha Liu Lab



About the lab

The Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity (PI: Sha Liu) at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research has an open postdoctoral position.

Job description

We are seeking a highly-motivated candidate, with an excellent record in critical thinking. Our lab employs multi-disciplinary approaches, including genetics, quantitative fly behavior analysis, electrophysiology, and neural circuit mapping and manipulation, to understand the molecular and cellular basis of sleep by using Drosophila as the model system. Current areas of interest include the roles of sleep in synaptic and circuit plasticity in flies and the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these sleep-dependent processes.



  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Bioengineering, System Biology, or similar disciplines.
  • Enjoy performing experiments and love doing research.
  • A strong track-record in critical thinking.

 Desirable but not required:

  • One or more of the following technical skills is desirable: in vivo electrophysiology or functional imaging; quantitative behavior analysis; modeling; machine learning.
  • Computational programming (Matlab/Python/R/…) is desirable.
  • Previous research experience with Drosophila neurobiology or sleep is a plus but not required.

We offer

  • Excellent training in both technical and academic career skills.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.
  • A creative and collaborative environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities in the institute (including microfluidic chip design and fabrication, super-resolution microscopy, and block-face scanning EM, etc).

How to apply?

Please complete the online application procedure and include:

  • a cover letter including previous research experience,
  • a one-page research proposal describing your research plan in line with our lab interests,
  • a detailed CV
  • contact information for 3 references

For more information: please contact Sha Liu

For extra information:

Key Publications:

Liu, S.*, Liu, Q.*, Tabuchi, M., and Wu, M.N. (2016). Sleep Drive is Encoded by Neural Plastic Changes in a Dedicated Circuit. Cell 165, 1347-1360.  (Previewed in Cell) (Recommended by Faculty of 1000).

Liu, Q.*, Tabuchi, M.*, Liu, S., Kodama, L., Horiuchi, W., Daniels, J., Chiu, L., Baldoni, D., and Wu, M.N. (2017). Branch-Specific Plasticity of a Bifunctional Dopamine Circuit Encodes Protein Hunger.  Science 356, 534-539.