Post Doc Position in Cell Biology of Protein Aggregation

Catholic University of Leuven


The SWITCH Laboratory is one of the leading laboratories in human disease-related protein aggregation. It is an interdisciplinary workplace, bringing together about twenty researchers from different backgrounds, such as bioinformatics, biophysics and cell biology. SWITCH has a unique platform of technologies for studying protein aggregation, including biophysical, ultrastructural and cell biological instrumentations. For a primer on who we are, what we do and our latest publications, see


You will investigate the cellular mechanisms and consequences of the interactions of protein aggregates with other cellular proteins. You will work in the context of a bigger project on the specificity of protein aggregation. We have developed a structural hypothesis based on the concept of co-aggregation and have a pipeline in place to identify potential interacting proteins using bioinformatics, biophysical methods and cellular screening approaches.


  • PhD in the cell biologyof protein aggregation (molecular, cellular, small animal models) or related disciplines
  • Strong interest in protein aggregation and its role in disease.
  • A solid publication record with first-author research publication(s) in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Strong expertisein cloning, genome editing, viral expression
  • Strong experience with microscopy and investigating cellular mechanisms
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic, critical and creative
  • The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is a must
  • Prior experience with high content analysis is a plus


  • A versatile and challenging job
  • A vibrant, world-class research environment operating at an international level
  • Access to the resources of two host institutions: VIB (, an excellence-based research institute and KU Leuven, one of Europe’s leading research universities (
  • State of the art research facilities
  • A dedicated training program to broaden your expertise and enhance your skillset
  • A competitive compensation package based on expertise and experience
  • Financial support for at least 1 year in the framework of international mobility (see: admissions/postdoctoral). The successful candidate is encouraged to obtain a personal fellowship (Marie-Curie, HFSP, EMBO, or national funding organizations)


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Joost Schymkowitz, tel.: +32 16 37 25 73, mail: or Mrs. Hannah Wilkinson, tel.: +32 16 37 25 70, mail:

Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV including list of publications, a motivation letter, and the contact information of three referees.

You can apply for this job no later than April 12, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 12, 2020
  • Tags: Cellulaire en Moleculaire Geneeskunde

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