Postdoctoral position to study the mechanisms linking human brain development evolution and function

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

30 Nov 2023


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Pierre Vanderhaeghen Lab



The Vanderhaeghen Lab ( ; @VanderhaeghenP2) at the VIB/KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research (, is seeking a creative postdoctoral scientist to study the human-specific mechanisms of development and function of cortical neurons.

Join us to undertake a highly interdisciplinary project focusing on one exciting question: « What makes our brain human? » (Vanderhaeghen and Polleux, Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2023; We combine cutting-edge approaches including pluripotent stem cell models, human-mouse brain xenotransplantation, mouse transgenesis, in vivo mouse brain imaging, ex vivo human brain analyses.

See more in selected references from the lab :

Vanderhaeghen P, Polleux F. Nat Rev Neurosci (2023) doi:10.1038/s41583-023-00675-z.
Iwata R, et al. Science (2023) 379: 1-9. doi:10.1126/science.abn4705
Libé-Philippot B., et al. biorxiv (2023) doi:10.1101/2023.03.01.530630. PPR
Vermaercke B., et al. bioRxiv (2023) doi:10.1101/2023.01.14.524054.
Libé-Philippot B., et al. bioRxiv (2022) biorxiv doi:10.1101/2022.12.21.521423.
Iwata R., et al. Science (2020) (6505) 858-862. doi:10.1126/science.aba9760.
Linaro et al. Neuron (2019) 104(5):972-986.e6


  • We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in neural development and evolution, and/or neural circuit function and assembly.
  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, or related field.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, critical thinking, enjoying teamwork, and excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Developmental biology, molecular neuroscience, or cell biology experience are a plus.

We offer

  • A versatile and challenging academic position with very diverse contacts in a world-class research environment operating at an international level, and various opportunities to broaden your expertise
  • A competitive compensation package based on expertise and experience
  • Starting Date: as soon as possible

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:

  • motivation letter describing your previous research experience
  • a detailed CV incl. a list of publications
  • contact information of 3 references

For further information and questions, please send an email to Pierre Vanderhaeghen ([email protected])

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.