PhD Scholarship Neurogenetics

Vrije Universiteit Brussel



Company Profile

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
Job Description
Staff category                             Scholarships
Specific designation                             Doctorate scholarship
Scope of scholarship                             1 FTE
Faculty                             Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
Department                             Center for Medical Genetics, Neurogenetics


Job Profile
  • Holds a degree of Master in Pharmaceutical sciences, Biochemical sciences, Medical sciences, Biology, Biotechnology or similar.
  • Good knowledge and experience with basic molecular/biochemical techniques.
  • Knowledge of cell culture techniques and iPSC differentiation is a bonus.
  • Passionate about Genetics and Neurology.
  • Being able to work independently but also in a team.
  • Good communicative and didactic skills.
  • Interest in international collaborations.
  • Flexible in going abroad for conferences.
  • Likes working in a patient-based translational research environment.

You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of enrolment of the fellow as a doctorate student at the university.


Research in neurogenetics

Our research group focusses on finding novel genes and identifying their function in brain and cerebral cortex development.

The PhD candidate will functionally characterize novel genes presumed to be involved in malformations of cortical development (MCD) through in vitro techniques on human fibroblasts and differentiated iPSC derived neurons (Western blotting, immune precipitation, qPCR, immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, overexpression/knockdown, …).

Teaching: Supervision of Biomedical/Pharmaceutical Bachelor and Master students during their thesis.


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1]  campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to

Additional Information
Expected starting date                        1.10.2019
Duration of scholarship                        1 year (renewable)
Waiting period                        Applications to be submitted no later than 15 August 2019
Contact person                        Dr. Anna Jansen and Dr. Katrien Stouffs
Contact via telephone                        contact by mail
Contact via e-mail               and



Applications can only be made ONLINE

Your application must include the following as a minimum:

  • CV (including list of acquired molecular and biochemical techniques during Master thesis)
  • a concise statement of the reason for applying
  • diplomas

In your application, please refer to


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