Postdoctoral Position in the study of microglial biology and neuroimmunology in Alzheimer’s disease

Antwerp VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology

14 Jul 2020


VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology

Renzo Mancuso Lab




The laboratory of Microglia and Inflammation in Neurological Diseases (MIND), headed by Renzo Mancuso, is a part of the VIB-Center for Molecular Neurology (CMN) and focuses on multiple aspects of microglial biology and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

This is an exciting job opportunity that aims to elucidate the role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease, building from recent genetic findings placing microglia as central transducer of genetic risk for Alzheimer’s and investigating how this translates into functional alterations and leads to pathology. The applicant will be at the interface of cutting-edge research using stem cell technology and state-of-the-art humanized microglia mouse models, Alzheimer’s disease genetics and translation towards novel therapies.

Selected references:

  • Mancuso R et al. Nat Neurosci 2019, 22:2111-2116.
  • Mancuso R et al. Brain 2019, 142:3243-3264.


We are looking for a motivated researcher with an interest in neuroimmunology and neurodegeneration. This position is open to candidates that have:

  • Strong background in microglial biology, with experience in mouse models of disease and stem cells technology, and/or
  • Experience in bioinformatics and single cell transcriptomics.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team as well as effective communication skills and a good mastery of the English language is essential.
  • Capability of independently planning your daily work and execute with precision and speed while observing all safety regulations and protocols.
  • A verifiable track record of productive team work.
  • Passion about science, easy-going, self-motivated and naturally take ownership of your assignment and proactively propose solutions to any issues that arise.

We offer

Financial support for 1-2 years. You will be encouraged to obtain personal funding through international and national funding agencies (Marie Curie, HFSP, EMBO, FWO, etc.)

As part of the VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology and VIB, the applicant will benefit from established collaborations and access to centralized facilities with expertise in genomics, functional genomics and cell biology, proteomics, cutting-edge microscopy, structural biology, technology development, and bioinformatics.

VIB provides a highly interactive environment and ample training opportunities for its researchers. In addition, the VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology is located in the city of Antwerp, the capital of Flanders, offering a culturally and historically rich, and ethnically diverse environment.

Starting date: as soon as possible

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 2-3 references.

For more information: please contact