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The lab for Neuroplasticity & Neuroproteomics, headed by Prof. Lut Arckens, is a vibrant environment where key issues relating to the plasticity of neuronal circuits are investigated. We are currently looking for a highly skilled and motivated postdoc to work with us on a project investigating the role of astrocytes in controlling plasticity in the adult visual cortex (Hennes et al., Glia, 2020; Wahis et al., Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 2021). The candidate will investigate astrocyte-neuron interactions using acute cortical slices in combination with electrophysiology (patch-clamp) and 2-photon imaging (of genetically encoded Ca2+ sensors).

Website unit https://bio.kuleuven.be/df/la


Develop your own research line in an independent way. Help with guidance of students (undergraduate and graduate level), contribute to writing papers, grant proposals and reports, report on your research at national and international meetings.

Please send a detailed CV, a motivation letter describing research interests and previous research experience, and a list of publications. For more information please contact Prof. dr. Lut Arckens, tel.: +32 16 32 39 51, mail: lut.arckens@kuleuven.be or Mr. Jérôme Wahis, tel.: +32 16 37 93 20, mail: jerome.wahis@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than August 26, 2022 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.




Apply before: 26/08/2022

Essential: Ph.D. in neurobiology or physiology. Experience with electrophysiology, notably patch-clamp recordings, is required. Experience in live cell imaging is a welcome bonus. A solid publication record with first-author research publication(s) in peer-reviewed international journals. Critical mindset and solid problem-solving skills. Fast learner & team player. Project management and effective communication skills. Good mastery of English language, both spoken and written.

Appreciated: Knowledge of astrocyte biology. Skills in quantitative data analysis (MATLAB, Python, R,…).


An exceptionally strong scientific environment. Access to state-of-the-art infrastructures. A stimulating, diverse, international research environment in a world-class academic laboratory.

Financial support is available for at least 2 years. However, the successful candidate is encouraged to obtain a personal fellowship (Marie-Curie, HFSP, EMBO, or National funding organizations).

Start date: as soon as possible - the position is available immediately.

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