PhD Student at Laboratory of Cell Death Research & Therapy KU Leuven, Laboratory of Cell Death Research & Therapy Belgium


The Laboratory for Cell Death Research & Therapy, at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium; within the frame of the EOS programme, "DECODE" - “Refining Cancer Cell Death and Danger Signals for the Improvement of Immunotherapy”, seeks a highly motivated PhD student. Position is available starting September/October 2018 Description of the framework: We are seeking a suitable candidate within the context of the ‘DECODE’ Consortium, funded through the Excellence of Science (EOS) programme of the Belgian FWO/FNRS (for more details, see: and Our “DECODE Consortium” brings together research groups from University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Ghent University (UGent), University of Louvain (UCL) and The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). DECODE’s research aims are located at the interface of the immunobiology of cell death processes and cancer immunotherapy. DECODE ambitiously aims to go significantly beyond the current state-of-the-art, by pursuing an innovative and interdisciplinary research theme, integrating methodology from various fields of cancer cell biology, immunology & immunotherapy and wishes to aggressively integrate distinct omics -based approaches to translational immunotherapy and biomarker discovery.


The current PhD position is available for a highly motivated candidate in the research subgroup of Prof. Abhishek D. Garg embedded within the Cell Death Research & Therapy unit headed by Prof. Patrizia Agostinis. The PhD student will exploit the already available expertise in cell death immunology as well as cancer immunology & immunotherapy to address emerging questions seeking to understand the positive and negative immunological impact of different cancer cell death mechanisms like apoptosis, necrosis and necroptosis. This mechanistic knowledge (complemented with clinical biomarker analysis in cancer patients) will be utilized to understand the cancer-immune cross-talk and improve cancer immunotherapies (like immune-checkpoint blockers and anticancer vaccines).  


• You hold a Master's degree in Biotechnology/Biological Sciences/Life Sciences/Biomedical Sciences or related fields, obtained from a recognized University.
• You have demonstrated following practical skills: basic molecular and/or cellular biology techniques, flow cytometry analyses, animal cell culture, basic research data handling and statistical analyses.
• You have solid demonstrable theoretical knowledge of: Molecular Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Immunology and Basic anatomy.
• You should be a team player with excellent oral and written (English) communication skills.
• Practical knowledge and technical skills related to Immunology, Histology/Immunohistochemistry and, Animal handling would be a plus and candidates possessing these will be preferred.
Key Responsibilities:
· Performing experiments dealing with molecular & cell biology, cell death mechanisms, immunology and, in vivo tumor immunology & immunotherapy.
· Delivering presentations (oral or poster) in consortium/institutional seminars and national/international symposiums or conferences.
· Eager to carry out visitations (if required) to other laboratories (within Belgium or abroad) for learning new techniques.
· Eager to co-supervise the thesis projects of Master's students. 


We offer:
• At least a 4 years contract (although we do encourage the candidate to apply for a personal PhD fellowship to be part of this programme for a longer period of time).
• Access to state-of-the-art infrastructures and active collaborations with well-known Belgian or international laboratories.
• A stimulating, international research environment in a world-class academic laboratory and the opportunity to interact with several highly collaborative, world-class investigators part of this consortium. 


Please send your full CV (with all the relevant academic scores and at least 2 referees with full-contact details), including a list of your published papers/major accomplishments/research stays abroad (if any) to Prof. dr. Abhishek Garg, tel.: +32 16 37 93 40, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than June 10, 2018 via the online application tool

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