Postdoctoral Researcher in Enteric Neurophysiology
Catholic University of Leuven Laboratory of Enteric NeuroScience

The Laboratory of Enteric NeuroScience (LENS) University of Leuven, Belgium is currently hiring: Postdoctoral Researcher / PhD student in Enteric Neurophysiology


The enteric nervous system is acomplex network of neurons and glia embedded in the intestinal wall. In thisproject, we aim to identify specific circuits in the two layers of the ENS (thesubmucous and myenteric plexus) that are activated in response to luminalstimuli (nutrients, commensal and infectious bacteria). Using optogenetictechnology in combination with commercial and custom-built imaging systems thatsimultaneously provides overview and detail, we will explore the pathways thatare switched on by intestinal contents (nutrients, caustic agents, microbiota)and examine whether they converge onto the local and/or extrinsic signalingpathways.

Key papers by LENS related tothis subject: 





doi: 10.1038/nrgastro.2017.151


Profileand requirements:

  • You received basic or advanced training in (neuro)physiology or gastroenterology, and have a keen interest in technological approaches
  • You are a strong team player and motivated to become part of a multidisciplinary research group.
  • You communicate well in English and have experience writing scientific papers in English
  • You are passionate about how neurons and cellular systems interact to control organ function.
  • Experience with microscopic or electrophysiology techniques is an asset


  • You obtained a doctoral degree (no longer than 3 yearsago) in the domain of life sciences (biotechnology, biology, biochemistry;bio-engineering; (bio)medical sciences) and a strong interest in microscopicimaging technology.
  • Some experience with electrophysiological techniquesis an asset.
  • You have experience with supervising PhD and master’s students.
  • You have a keen interest in quantitative approaches.
  • Basic experience with physiology,immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy is required.
  • Candidates who are eligible for Marie Skłodowska-Curiefellowships (check eligibility here)or Human Frontiers programs (check eligibility here) are encouraged to apply


  • You hold a master’s degree inoptics/physics/technology or in the domain of life sciences (biotechnology,biology, biochemistry; bio-engineering (bio)medical sciences).
  • You have a good understanding of (neuro)biology
  • You have a keen interest in (optical) microscopy
  • You have a critical scientific and quantitative attitude.
  • Students who are eligible for a Chinese Student Council (CSC) fellowship or a fellowship from the Taiwanese government (info)are encouraged to apply.


We offer:

  • A position as a full-time (100%) postdoctoral fellow/researcher on an annual contract basis with the possibility of renewal within the budgetary limits of the project.
  • A dynamic research environment with access to multiple advanced imaging systems (confocal, multiphoton, intravital, super-resolution) set in a vast neuroscience community.
  • Salary scales are set according to university regulations within the available budget of the research project and depending on the candidate’s relevant former professional experience.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible

Living inLeuven:



Send your CV and a letter ofinterest (including one or two references) via the job siteof the KU Leuven or directly to Prof. Dr. Pieter Vanden Berghe(pieter.vandenberghe {at}

For further information, you can send an email to the same address.


The position remains open until a suitable candidate is found. Only candidates who make it to the 2nd selection round will be notified by April 15th 2020 at the latest. 

You can apply for this job no later than April 10, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 10, 2020
  • Tags: Neurowetenschappen
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