PhD student in a project investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in aneurysmal disease

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Department: Genetics, Pharmacology and Physiopathology of Heart, Blood Vessels and Skeleton
Regime Full-time

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The Cardiogenomics-Functional Genomics research groups of the Center of Medical Genetics are looking for a highly motivated PhD student


The Antwerp Center of Medical Genetics (CMG) is a large clinical, diagnostic and research department  that is embedded within the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp University Hospital. The CMG has built up a substantial know-how and infrastructure in the field of the clinical, molecular and pathophysiological study of several hereditary diseases: heart diseases, hearing loss, cancer, bone diseases and mental retardation.

Within this setting, Prof. Dr. Bart Loeys and Prof. Dr. Aline Verstraeten are leading the cardiogenomics and functional genomics research groups. These groups’aim is to further elucidate the genetic, biochemical and molecular mechanisms by which aneurysmal disease is caused. The unique combination of clinical and molecular expertise within the group offers a platform for immediate translation and implementation of pathogenic knowledge into the daily clinical care, diagnostics and genetic counseling of patients and their relatives.


  • We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student who is interested in a challenging PhD project investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in aneurysmal disease.
  • You will join a very enthusiastic team, with an established international research network.
  • You will be given the possibility to apply a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies for the study of the genetic, molecular and pathophysiological characteristics of the disorder, making use of human DNA, cells (iPSC-derived models), -omics datasets and bioinformatics tools.  
  • Candidates should have a MSc degree in medicine, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, or a closely related discipline.
  • A specific interest and/or background in bioinformatics is an extra advantage.
  • Moreover, they should be highly motivated, team-oriented, communicative and eligible for an FWO(-SB) scholarship.
  • Particularly candidates with hands-on experience in (iPSC-) cell work and/or human genetics are highly encouraged to apply.

What we offer

  • We offer a 1-year full-time position in a growing and dedicated research group that participates in ample international networks on cardiovascular disease.
  • The student’s salary will be determined according to the standard pay scales of the University of Antwerp ( ).
  • To allow an extension of the contract with another 3-4 years and, hence, successful completion of the PhD, the student will be encouraged to apply for external funding during the first PhD year.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 21st of December 2023(by midnight Brussels time).
  • Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: 1) a motivation letter, 2) your academic CV.
  • For additional information please contact Prof. Dr. Bart Loeys (03/275.97.64; [email protected] ). Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in January 2024. The start date will be as soon as possible after candidate selection.

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