Postdoctoral Position on physiological mechanisms underlying plasticity in adult cortex

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

06 Oct 2021


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Matthew Holt Lab



28 Oct 2021


The Laboratory for Glia Biology, headed by Dr. Matthew Holt, is a vibrant environment where key issues relating to the role of astrocytes in the control of neuronal circuits are investigated. 

We are currently looking for a highly skilled and motivated postdoc to work with us on a project investigating the role of astrocytes in controlling plasticity in the adult visual cortex (Hennes et al., Glia, 2020; Bayraktar et al., Nat Neurosci, 2020). The candidate will investigate astrocyte-neuron interactions using acute cortical slices in combination with 2-photon imaging (of genetically encoded Ca2+ and cAMP sensors) and electrophysiology.



  • Ph.D. in neurobiology or physiology
  • Experience in imaging and/or electrophysiology
  • A solid publication record with first-author research publication(s) in peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Critical mindset, fast learner & team player
  • Project management and effective communication skills
  • Good mastery of English language


  • Knowledge of astrocyte biology

We offer

  • An exceptionally strong scientific environment
  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • A stimulating, diverse, international research environment in a world-class academic laboratory
  • Financial support is available for at least 2 years. However, the successful candidate is encouraged to obtain a personal fellowship (Marie-Curie, HFSP, EMBO, or National funding organizations).

Start date: as soon as possible - the position is available immediately

How to apply?

Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV, a motivation letter describing research interests and previous research experience, and a list of publications.  For more information: please contact