Postdoctoral Position for Research into Obesity and Type 1 Diabetes

Catholic University of Leuven Laboratory of Experimental Medicine and Endocrinology


Professor Bart Van der Schueren and Professor Roman Vangoitsenhoven's research team focuses on obesity and its metabolic consequences, Whereas Professor Chantal Mathieu's research team focuses on the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). They have joined forces in a research project lead by University College Dublin (IMI2 SOPHIA Horizon 2020 project), in which the effects of obesity in patients living with type 1 diabetes will be investigated through data mining of large existing cohorts. Whereas T1D is often misunderstood as a disease of the lean, more than two thirds of adult patients living with type 1 diabetes suffer from obesity. This means a double burden as these patients are both at risk of complications of obesity and T1D. This issue has been poorly studied and characterised in the past, but is now being recognized as an important challenge for the future. The applicant will become part of a unique and dynamic research group of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, that combines both fundamental and clinical research. In addition, he/she will operate in an international setting as cooperation with centers across Europe and the US will be required.


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position at the Laboratory of Experimental Medicine and Endocrinology at the KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. As outlined, he/she will be responsible for leading the work package of a larger IMI2 Horizon 2020 project that has been funded for the course of 5 years. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

1.    Oversee the contacts with all participating centers

2.    Prepare data extraction from databases to the federated database

3.    Conduct analyses and formulate hypotheses based on the findings

4.    Medical writing

5.    Communicate findings to the outside world

6.    Interact with the consortium, patient organizations, …

7.    Disseminate the research through national and international congresses

8.    Accompany master and PhD students and help them conduct research projects


Candidate must have a PhD in the field of engineering, biostatistics, biomedical, medical sciences or equivalent. 

He/she must be extremely motivated and interested in mining data to formulate new hypotheses and research topics for the future.

Good knowledge of statistics and data management are an advantage and there must be a will to further develop them.

Both medical writing and presenting skills are crucial to obtain this position.


We offer a fully funded 1 year postdoctoral position, with possibility of extension. 

Funding has been obtained for 5 years. As this Postdoctoral position is part of a large-scale international consortium (SOPHIA), the candidate will be embedded in an international research team, where basic researchers and clinicians work closely together.

The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art technologies, well-equiped core facilities, and a young and dynamic workenvironment.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Bart Van Der Schueren, tel.: +32 16 37 62 79, mail: or Prof. dr. Roman Vangoitsenhoven, tel.: +32 16 19 32 35, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than June 01, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: June 1, 2021
  • Tags: Cardiovasculaire wetenschappen

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