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Development of the mammalian brain is an intricate process in which neurogenesis, neuronal migration and wiring depends on cell-cell contact and recognition. Cell adhesion molecules such as Protocadherins (PCDH) are highly expressed in the developing brain and mutations in human have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy, autism and various intellectual disabilities. The lab of Prof. Eve Seuntjens studies the role of the non-clustered PCDH19 and PCDH10 in the development of the forebrain. Mutations in PCDH19 cause female-clustered epilepsy in human while mutations in PCDH10 have been linked to autism spectrum disorder. We apply various loss- and gain-of-function approaches, in vivo as well as in vitro, to models these disorders in the developing mouse. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to strengthen our team, and further develop these lines of research along their own interest. We offer a supportive international team environment and career guidance.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Eve Seuntjens, tel.: +32 16 37 31 35, mail: eve.seuntjens@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2022 via the online application tool

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Apply before: 31/08/2022
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  • You will develop you own research line(s) in the framework of the PCDH research of the lab
  • You will contribute to the management of the mouse colonies
  • You are responsible for the execution and administration of your project, including ethical documentation, project reporting, publication and data presentation in conferences
  • You will supervise bachelor and master students
  • You will collaborate closely with colleagues in the different projects
  • You will contribute to outreach activities and teaching
  • You will apply for personal postdoctoral fellowship funding
  • PhD in biology-related science
  • Proof of scientific productivity in the field of developmental neurobiology
  • Expertise in mouse handling, proficient in various cell and tissue culture and molecular biology methods
  • International mobility is a plus
  • Competitive CV for application of fellowships such as EMBO, Marie Curie, FWO
  • Strong profile in or ambition to develop outreach activities and teaching

One year contract, renewable to 3 years pending satisfactory progress or successful fellowship application.

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