11 October 2021

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The Laboratory of Computational Biology ( is part of the VIB Center for Brain and Disease Research and the KU Leuven Department of Human Genetics, and is seeking to hire an expert in artificial intelligence.


The candidate will develop new deep learning solutions, including convolutional neural networks, variational autoencoders, and generative adversarial networks, to build predictive models, particularly focused on cell type diversity in the brain and in cancer. These models will be used to gain mechanistic insight into normal and disease-related biological processes, hence the explainability of these models (XAI) is crucial. Depending on the interest, the candidate can be involved in projects related to evolution, regenerative medicine, and gene therapy. Finally, the position will allow to explore future interactions between neuroscience research and research in artificial neural networks.


• You obtained a Master or PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Bioinformatics, or equivalent.

• Proficient in Python programming

• Experience with machine learning (e.g., Tensorflow/Keras/PyTorch)

• Experience with explainable AI (e.g., SHAP) is a plus

• Experience with high performance computing, software containers

• Experience with genomics is a plus, but not absolutely essential

• Ability to work independently and in a team.


• Access to state-of-the-art compute & GPU infrastructure

• A stimulating international research environment in Leuven (Belgium), in the heart of Europe

• Competitive salary and benefits

• 3-year funding available

• Starting date: as soon as possible