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The lab of Dr. Seuntjens studies basic processes of neurogenesis and neural migration within the developing brain. We investigate how different species generate neuronal diversity, and how neurons communicate while migrating towards their final destination. Faults in these processes often result in neurodevelopmental disorders in human. We use the mouse to model such disorders, and to study the underlying molecular mechanisms. We also aim to identify common evolutionary mechanisms of building large and complex brains through the study of nervous system development and regeneration in non-model organisms (killifish, octopus).
Currently, we have an open position for a postdoctoral researcher. Your topic will be to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving postnatal neurogenesis in the context of injury and aging using the short-lived annual killifish Nothobranchius furzeri. You will focus on the bio-informatic analysis of large datasets generated by single-cell and bulk RNA sequencing and proteomics. You will be joining the research group of developmental neurobiology in the department of Biology at KU Leuven. The group is embedded in a shared dynamic lab space together with the group of Dr. Moons. KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university, located in a vibrant and young student town in Flanders, Belgium.
You will develop your own research line in an independent way. You will guide students (undergraduate and graduate level) and contribute to writing papers, grant proposals and reports. You will report on your research at national and international meetings. You will contribute to the organisation of local and international conferences.
You have a PhD degree, a publication track in bioinformatics and a keen interest or expertise in neurobiology. You are not afraid to pioneer or set up novel technologies. You can thrive in a competitive setting. You like to communicate about your passion for science. You have an international mindset and bring diversity to our team.
We offer an encouraging scientific coaching and excellent research facilities. The position is initially for 1 year, and can be extended to max 3 years upon positive evaluation. Starting date is Oct 1st 2018 but can be discussed.