PhD position on iPSC models in neurodegeneration (ALS and FTD)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 May 2020

<p class="text-justify"><a href="" target="_blank">The Laboratory of Neurobiology</a> is part of the research group Experimental Neurology (Neuroscience Department) at KU Leuven. The group has a close collaboration with the Neurology Department of the University Hospitals Leuven with about 50 researchers in different domains. </p>
<p class="text-justify">In addition, the laboratory is one of the research groups of the <a href="" target="_blank">VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research</a> (CBD) at KU Leuven/ Campus Gasthuisberg focusing on Neuroscience. There are 18 research groups within the CBD with a total employment of more than 300 researchers (38 different nationalities).&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
<p class="text-justify">The Laboratory focusses on clinical and fundamental research into the prevention, heredity, the pathogenesis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) and stroke.</p>
<p class="text-justify">The research project, under supervision of principal investigator Philip Van Damme, will focus on the neurodegenerative disorders ALS and FTD and will involve iPSC-derived disease models to study disease mechanisms of ALS/FTD. </p>
<h2>Profile </h2>
<p class="text-justify">We are looking for a highly motivated doctoral researcher with interest in neurodegeneration and experience in stem cell culture/iPSC technology. Motivated candidates with a strong commitment to basic research are invited to apply. </p>
<p>The candidate:</p>
<ul><li>Should hold a Master degree with distinction in biomedical sciences, medicine or bio-engineering
</li><li>Should be a team player with good communication skills
</li><li>Should fluently speak and write English
</li><li>Experience in research on neurodegenerative disorders and/or iPSC technology is a plus.</li></ul>
<p>Please note that you should be eligible to obtain a personal fellowship with the <a href="" target="_blank">FWO</a>.</p>
<h2>We offer</h2>
<ul><li>A fulltime 1-year contract in an enthusiastic and motivated team and a dynamic scientific work environment. The contract can be extended to 4 years, depending on the available funding.&nbsp;<strong></strong></li><li>The Center for Brain & Disease (CBD) at KU Leuven is an international research group focusing on neuroscience. The CBD provides different opportunities to present and share data on weekly seminars, lectures and international conferences.&nbsp;<strong></strong></li><li>Different state-of-the-art core facilities are available for all CBD researchers.<strong></strong></li><li>Starting date: September<strong></strong></li></ul>
<p>For additional information concerning this job offer, please contact <a href="" target="_blank">Annelies Thuriot</a>.<br></p>
<h2>How to apply?</h2>
<p class="text-justify">Applications should be submitted through the VIB website. Please complete the online application procedure and include a CV, a list of publications if applicable, a summary of past research and the contact information of 2 to 3 referees. The best-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview.<br></p>
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