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Funded PhD position; at Mammalian Development and Cell Biology Unit; Catholic University of Louvain; in Belgium;

The Mammalian Development and Cell Biology Unit is offering a PhD position. The new research unit is located at the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS) of the University of Louvain Medical School (UCL, Belgium) situated on the Brussels campus. The University of Louvain is more than 500 years old and has a strong research tradition and a strong international reputation both in terms of basic and applied research as well as teaching.

The mammalian cerebral cortex plays key roles in cognition, sensory and motor functions, and the control of our emotions. The proper execution of these tasks depends on a long process of embryonic and postnatal development which relies on the production by neural stem cells of the appropriate number of neurons with proper identities that migrate to their specific location and make connections with each other. Defective signaling pathways during development are the cause for many human brain diseases. The goal of our studies is to better define the mechanisms involved in neural cell proliferation, migration and differentiation in order to understand how the brain is built and learn how to treat devastating brain diseases.

We are using an interdisciplinary approach including, but not restricted to: protein interaction studies, in vivo alteration of signaling pathways, cell culture, luciferase assay, histology, organotypic tissue culture assay, videomicroscopy and genome-wide profiling of translating mRNAs.

The candidate should have a Master’s degree in a relevant field. Knowledge in molecular and cellular biology is required. Experience in the field of neurodevelopment is an asset but is not mandatory. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively either in English or in French.

Applications should be sent by email to yves.jossin@uclouvain.be, and must include a curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing research motivations. Applicants should also request two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address.

Application Deadline: 01/09/2017 21:00 – Europe/Brussels

Contact Details

Where to send your application.

E-MAIL: yves.jossin@uclouvain.be

Deadline: September 1, 2017.

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