VIB Group Leader position: Comparative and Integrative Plant Genomics

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

10 Jul 2017


VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

Senior Scientific (Managerial)


The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (PSB) in Ghent, Belgium, is a world leading institute in plant sciences. In the framework of the emergence of interdisciplinary research projects combining large-scale experimental approaches with computational methods, the Center for Plant Systems Biology aims to appoint a group leader. 


  • Establishing a world class independent research group specializing in combining multiple data types to understand how plant biological processes are regulated at different levels.
  • Bridging the gap between model species and crops is another major objective.
  • Integrating the new research group into the PSB and VIB community


  • You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with several years of experience in research as a postdoctoral researcher or (junior) faculty member.
  • You have an excellent research track record in plant comparative genomics through impactful publications demonstrating creativity and scientific quality.
  • You established an elaborate and diverse international scientific network in the discipline of plant genomics.
  • Willingness to set up a team where scientific excellence goes nicely together with people guidance, collaboration, career development and feedback.
  • You have experience in integrating wet lab with dry lab research.
  • You have experience in setting up industrial collaborations

We offer

  • An appointment of 5 years , renewable every 5 years upon positive evaluation through international peers
  • attractive salary and benefits
  • Start-up package will include funding for 2 Ph.D students and bench fees for all team members
  • An international and intellectually stimulating research environment with committed peers
  • Access to state of the art tools and core facilities
  • Support in terms of HR, finance and tech transfer
  • Support in applying for additional funding through the VIB grants office
  • Support with the relocation process (if applicable)

Start date: The position can be filled immediately

How to apply

Please apply online before August 31st 2017 and upload your application including:

  • your CV
  • contact details of 3 referees
  • list of publications
  • a two-page statement (maximum) of your research interests and research goals