PhD project - Neuromodulation of brain and cross-modal plasticity

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Aug 2021


Candidates will work in an interactive and highly international research environment, and will contribute to the team spirit of our young and ambitious research group consisting of several PhD students, postdocs and technicians.
KU Leuven is in the top 5 of world's most innovative universities and offers a stimulating and inclusive research environment where quality, professionalism and equality are encouraged. For more information on the University of Leuven, visit .
We offer a full-time PhD student position at the Neural Signaling and Circuit Plasticity group, under supervision of Prof. Isabel Beets. The initial 1-year contract includes an intended extension to fund a 4-year PhD project. For this, good evaluation upon competitive fellowship applications (FWO ranking or good score for relevant others, if applicable, irrespective of the actual outcome) is a prerequisite.
The salary will be in accordance with the University salary scales for doctoral researchers.
Envisaged start date to be agreed upon within the Oct-Dec 2021 bracket.

Eligibility criteria

A Master degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, Bio-engineering or related field (obtained prior to 30/9/2021) is a must.
Applicants must also have a competitive profile to apply for a PhD fellowship with regional and/or international granting agencies.
In addition, you:

  • are an autonomous colleague and team player
  • are a creative problem-solver with enthusiasm for research and attention to detail
  • can clearly communicate your research (results) to other lab members and research partners
  • have excellent research skills (for a Master level researcher) and a strong interest in genetic and neurobiological methods
  • are proficient in English
  • are willing to supervise Bachelor and Master students
  • are generally curious and willing to learn
  • have a sense of responsibility and are able to take initiative to improve research
  • work results-oriented, i.e. you have the focus and abilities to work towards publishable units of scientific findings

Selection process

Candidates can apply via the online application tool.
Please provide:- CV- transcript of your study results- your overall ranking in comparison with peers (e.g. top XX% of YY students studying ZZ at your institute, or similar)- motivation letter- a blinded copy of your motivation letter: please limit this document to body text only, and omit name, greeting, and references to gender or nationality (this will be used for selection of candidates)- the names and contact information of 2 senior researchers that are willing to write a recommendation letter if necessary (no letters are to be sent yet)
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Isabel Beets, tel.: +32 16 37 36 97, mail: .
You can apply for this job no later than 13/08/2021 via the online application tool

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