Postdoctoral position available to study human-specific molecular mechanisms of neuronal development

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

03 Jun 2024


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 such as pluripotent stem cell models of human corticogenesis, human-mouse brain xenotransplantation, mouse transgenesis, in vivo mouse brain imaging, ex vivo human brain analyses.

See more in selected references from the lab:
Iwata et al. Science (2023) 379: 1-9. doi:10.1126/science.abn4705
Libé-Philippot et at al. Cell (2023) 186(26):5766-5783.
Vanderhaeghen P, Polleux F. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. (2023) 24, 213-232.


  • We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in mechanisms of neuronal development linked with human brain evolution and diseases.
  • PhD in neuroscience, biology or related field.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, critical thinking, enjoying teamwork and excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in molecular biology, metabolism or cell biology is 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?

Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV incl. list of publications, a motivation letter, and the contact information of three referees.

For more information: please contact 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.