Post Doc in Neuroimmune Interaction
Catholic University of Leuven

The Laboratory of Intestinal Neuro-Immune Interaction, part of the Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID) of KU Leuven, offers a postdoc position for a scientist with expertise in immunology. TARGID aims to provide insight in physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms in order to identify new targets ultimately leading to better therapies for gastrointestinal disorders such as functional and inflammatory bowel diseases. To this end, pre-clinical and clinical expertise is combined with state of the art technology to provide top quality research and to create a stimulating setting for bidirectional interaction between basic and clinical researchers. This approach allows fast translation of discoveries from bench to bedside with improvement of patient care as ultimate goal. TARGID is an internationally recognized research center that also aspires to provide multidisciplinary education in a challenging and exciting scientific environment. TARGID is part of diverse national and international networks allowing exchange of expertise further contributing to excellent education of young and talented researchers. Our research group focuses on the bidirectional interaction between the immune system and the innervation of the intestine in gastrointestinal disorders. We recently discovered that infection and psychological stress trigger an aberrant immune response towards food antigens leading to abnormal pain perception in the intestine. In the present project, we aim to further unravel the underlying immune response in the intestine (lamina propria, mesenteric LN) and the spinal cord. Applicants should have completed a PhD in immunology and should have experience with immune cell isolation, FACS and cell sorting. Knowledge on interpretation of single cell RNA sequencing data is appreciated but not required. Full applications including curriculum vitae, list of publications and 2 references should be sent to Prof.dr. G. Boeckxstaens (, before August 1st 2020.


  • You will be responsible to design study protocols and perform experiments 
  • You will be supervising PhD students involved in the project
  • You will collaborate with other members of the research group
  • You will be responsible for reporting and publishing the obtained results


  • You have a PhD in immunology
  • You have expertise in isolation and characterization of immune cells
  • You are willing to supervise students
  • You have experience writing research papers
  • You are willing to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship of the Flemish government (FWO) 


  • We offer you a post-doc position for one year with the opportunity for renewal until 3-5 years. You are stimulated to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship of FWO (see above).


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Guy Boeckxstaens, tel.: +32 16 33 02 37, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than August 01, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: August 1, 2020
  • Tags: Microbiologie en Immunologie

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