Postdoctoral position at the VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology

Brussels VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology

10 Dec 2018


VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology

Wim Versées



About VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology

The VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology focusses on the structure and dynamics of macromolecular complexes in health and disease. Our multidisciplinary team of about 100 researchers is housed in new laboratory facilities and combines extensive expertise in structural biology (state of the art in-house cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography, NMR, SAXS, and atomic force microscopy), biophysics, enzymology and molecular biology.


At the VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / VIB), we are looking for a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in Cryo-EM and/or X-ray crystallography, biochemistry and biophysics, and interested in biochemical and structural studies on complex multi-domain GTPases implicated in human disease.

Job description

Roco proteins form a class of large multi-domain GTPases that are regulated via complex and still largely unresolved mechanisms. Mutations in the genes coding for human Roco proteins lead to cancer and devastating neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. 

The Versées lab aims to unravel the mechanisms and regulatory pathways that underlie the function and dysfunction of different representatives of bacterial and human Roco proteins (e.g. Deyaert et al. Nat.Commun. 2017, Guaitoli et al. PNAS 2016). In this project you will use single particle cryo-EM and X-ray crystallography, in combination with biophysical methods and enzyme kinetics, to gain insight in the conformational cycle of Roco proteins. This information will subsequently be used to intervene with this cycle to devise new potential therapeutic strategies.


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bio-engineering or equivalent
  • Strong background in protein expression, purification and characterization
  • Experience in Cryo-EM and/or X-ray crystallography
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.  Please send applications including CV, research experience, and at least two names and contact information for references.

For more information, you can contact Wim Versées.