Postdoctoral positions to study human-specific mechanisms of neuronal development and function

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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:

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 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 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?

For more information contact: Pierre Vanderhaeghen, .

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

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