Doctoral scholarship Acquired and inherited neuromuscular disorders

Updated: 20 days ago

Department: Neurology
Regime Full-time

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The Department of Translational Neuroscicences at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking to fill a vacancy for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship in the field of acquired and inherited neuromuscular disorders.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of Medical Sciences.
  • You will perform high-level research in the field of sporadic inclusion Inclusion Body Myositis, an enigmatic muscle disorder. You will investigate how KDM5A drives ageing signatures and disturbed muscle regeneration in this disease starting from insights in the deep muscle proteome working towards establishing cellular models to assay novel therapies.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited amount of teaching and research support tasks for the Department of Translational Neurosciences.


  • You hold a European Master degree in Medicine, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or equivalent; if not you will have obtained such a degree by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You speak and write English fluently.
  • In addition to the grant as foreseen you are willing to apply and defend innovative projects at The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and other relevant granting organizations.
  • Prior experience with cellular models including iPSC’s is recommendable (cell culture, cell transfection, cell characterisation using immunohistochemistry, western blot etc....)
  • Nice to have’s: prior experience with bioinformatics/biostatistics and molecular genetics.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is between October 1st 2021 and January 1st 2022.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

 Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including August 29th 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV including the contact addresses of at least one senior supervisor willing to provide a letter of recommendation in support of your candidacy.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Interviews will be held between September 1st and September 20th 2021.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact prof. dr. Jonathan Baets, .

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