Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Leuven/Belgium

04 July 2018

Ph.D. Student in Leuven/Belgium

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The lab of Dr. Arckens studies the mechanisms of brain plasticity in health, disease and ageing. We develop and apply state-of-the-art technologies, including neuronal activity mapping, tract tracing, drug/toxin administration, optogenetics, pharmacogenetics, functional proteomics and cell sorting strategies to disentangle cell type-specific and cell circuit contributions. We compare species with different capacities for neuroplasticity including killifish, mouse and cat. Our long-term objective is to create knowledge and understanding of new cellular mediators as well as central molecular and structural mechanisms of brain plasticity to boost the development of novel pharmaceuticals and therapies to compensate for CNS damage.
Currently, we have an open position for a PhD student. Your topic will be to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cross modal brain plasticity upon vision loss in adult mice.

You will develop your own research line in an independent way. You will guide students (undergraduate) and contribute to writing papers, grant proposals, reports. You will present your research at (inter)national meetings.

You have a Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Neuroscience or equivalent. You have a keen interest in neurobiology. You are not afraid to pioneer or set up novel technologies. You have a creative mind and good problem solving skills. 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, to be extended to max 4 years upon positive evaluation. Starting date, as soon as possible and can be discussed. Fellowship application opportunities are in September 2018, and in March 2019

Interested? send us a motivation letter, full CV with publication list if applicable, and two reference letters.

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Closing date:
Contract length:
1 to 4 years
KU Leuven

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Lut Arckens
Naamsestraat, 59
00 32 472 345871

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