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Junior Group Leader/Research Fellow in Microbiology (m/f/d)
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Junior Group Leader/Research Fellow in Microbiology
About the Center
The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology is part of the VIB life sciences institute
and is embedded within the University of Leuven. The aim of the Center is to
combine leading basic microbiology and systems biology research with top applied
research. The current research focuses on microbes as a model to study their general
biology, cellular physiology, ecology and evolution, including themes like genetic
and epigenetic inheritance, cellular sensing and signaling, biofilms and the intestinal
ecosystem. Apart from being a leader in basic research, the Center is also an
important hub for translational research, with emphasis on the beer, wine, bakery,
biofuels, and green chemicals industries, as well as human medicine (antifungals,
Our institute greatly values diverse standpoints and equality and promotes an
inclusive research environment in which everybody, irrespective of nationality,
gender, race and personal beliefs, is respected.
We are currently recruiting 1 Junior Group Leader/Research Fellow (m/f/d)
specialized in any microbiology-related field; including but not limited to synthetic
microbiology, systems microbiology, microbiomes, microbial pathogens, virology,
bacteriology, antibiotics, computational (micro)biology and applied microbiology. We
are particularly interested in candidates who have a keen interest in combining basic
science with tech transfer.
Your challenge will be to set up a forefront research group in basic and applied
microbiology within the newly established center, publishing in high impact journals
and translating novel insights into valorization strategies that contribute to better
diagnosis and treatment.
We are looking for candidates who have:
a research plan for a group of 5 PhD students and postdocs
some years of experience as a postdoctoral researcher or as junior faculty
published in impactful journals showing creativity and quality
a track record in fund raising is a plus but not required
an ongoing ERC grant or filed ERC application is a plus but not required
interest in combining basic and translational research
a unique opportunity to start a research team in microbiology in a stimulating
and international research environment with excellent peers that will help
support the new Group Leader/Research Fellow during the startup period and
help build your team
an annual research stipend of approximately € 200.000 + PI salary
5-year position, can be prolonged with tenure
laboratory and access to VIB Core Facilities
a competitive salary
support in terms of finance, HR and tech transfer
support in applying for international and national grants (e.g ERC)
How to apply?
Please apply online and upload to your application:
a list of your 5 most important achievements in the past 5 years
(specific publications, patents, research, valorization or outreach initiatives, ...)
a two-page statement of your research interests and research goals,
including 2-3 main research topics for the coming 5 years
full CV with list of publications
contact details of 3 referees
Applications are welcome until April 30th, 2019
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