Postdoctoral Researcher in Study of Drosophila Sleep

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

06 Feb 2024


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Sha Liu Lab




The Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity (PI: Sha Liu) at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our group.  Our lab employs multi-disciplinary approaches, including Drosophila genetics, quantitative behavior analysis, electrophysiology, in vivo functional imaging, and neural circuit mapping and manipulation, to study the basic mechanisms underlying sleep and its function in the brain at synaptic and circuit levels.

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  • Recent Ph.D. (or expected Ph.D.) from a background in at least one of the disciplines of Neurobiology (physiology, development, computational, or engineering). Previous experience with Drosophila Neurobiology is not required.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

Appreciated but not required

  • Demonstrated experience with neural cell reconstruction, tracing, and analysis from volumetric EM images or whole-brain fluorescence images.
  • Solid experience with in vivo electrophysiology or in vivo multi-photon imaging.

We offer

  • State-of-the-art research facilities
  • Excellent training in academic, technical, and career skills.
  • Financial support is available. However, the successful candidate is encouraged to obtain a personal fellowship (Marie-Curie, HFSP, EMBO, or other national funding organizations)

How to apply?

Interested candidates should submit their candidacy through the VIB online application tool.

  • A complete application file (English) should contain the following documents:
  • your cover/motivation letter stating career goals, past experience, and how these relate to the current position
  • your CV
  • contact information of 2 references

For further information and questions, please send an email to Sha Liu ([email protected]).

About the City of Leuven and Flanders

Leuven is an attractive European university city with a rich history and a lively atmosphere. The area has a strong biotechnology sector with spin-offs and start-ups. This, together with the presence of the University of Leuven and the University Hospital, makes Leuven particularly internationally oriented and tech-minded, and a natural home for researchers and their families. English is very widely spoken in the city and surrounding area.

More information

VIB values diversity - in backgrounds and in experiences. The institute needs people from all backgrounds and ways of life to help build a thriving scientific environment. VIB is therefore looking for candidates who are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other's growth. VIB's collaborators are people with different strengths, experiences and backgrounds, who share a passion for science that generates impact in science and in society. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity, but also nationality, age, disability status, sexual orientation, religion and many other parts of one’s identity. All of VIB’s employees’ points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.