Postdoc Position in Bioinformatics, Metagenomics and the Human Microbiome

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology

24 Jan 2023


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology

Jeroen Raes Lab

Bio IT


The lab of Jeroen Raes (VIB, KU Leuven) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the computational analysis of microbiome data, with a particular emphasis on human-associated microbial communities in health and disease.

Projects will focus on:

(i) bioinformatics/statistics method development for joint host and microbiota data analysis, multi-omics and clinical data integration and/or
(ii) their application to large scale datasets generated within the Flemish Gut Flora project cohort (n>5000), in a wide range of disease cohorts as well as in international projects (e.g FP7 MetaCardis, H2020 AD-Gut).

We look for an excellent track record in (meta-)omics data analysis and strong scientific drive. We provide a stimulating and fun environment to pursue your scientific dreams. Further info on 


  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, datamining, biostatistics, population and/or statistical genetics, human microbiota, numerical/microbial ecology or equivalent
  • Good programming skills (perl/python/ruby/java/C++ etc, SQL, R), proficiency in Unix/Linux and cluster experience 
  • A strong track record in omics data analysis (e.g. (meta)genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, genotyping data) is a plus
  • Experience in clinical datamining/machine learning, biomarker detection is a plus

We offer

VIB-KULeuven is an exciting, interdisciplinary research institute with excellent facilities and leading research groups in e.g. gastroenterology, oncology, immunology, microbiology & virology, clinical genetics/-omics, molecular biology and translational research. The Raes lab is located on the Gasthuisberg campus of the KU Leuven (Fac. of Medicine) and has on-site robotic sample processing, high-throughput computing resources as well as next-gen sequencing facilities (mi/next/hiSeq. PacBio, oxford nanopore).

Interested? Check out some of our recent work! (lab members in bold): 

  • Falony G*, Joossens M*, Vieira-Silva S*, Wang J* et al (2016) Population-level analysis of gut microbiome variation. Science 352:560-4
  • Lima-Mendez G*, Faust, K*, Henri, N*, et al (2015) Determinants of community structure in the global plankton interactome. Science 348:1262073.
  • Vieira-Silva S*, Falony G* et al (2016) Species-function relationships shape ecological properties of the human gut microbiome. Nature Microbiology doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.88
  • Sabino J*, Vieira-Silva S* et al (2016) Primary sclerosing cholangitis is characterized by intestinal dysbiosis independent from inflammatory bowel disease. Gut pii: gutjnl-2015-311004 
  • Forslund K*, Hildebrand F*, Nielsen T*, Falony G*, Le Chatelier E* et al (2015) Disentangling the effects of type 2 diabetes and metformin on the human gut microbiota. Nature 528:262-6
  • Faust K*, Lahti L* et al (2015) Metagenomics meets time series: Unraveling microbial community dynamics. Current Opinion in Microbiology 25:56-66

How to apply?

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online. Additional requirements: 

  • please upload a letter stating your interest
  • please add the contact details of two references

Our institute greatly values diverse standpoints and promotes an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected. 

VIB values diversity - in backgrounds and in experiences. The institute needs people from all backgrounds and ways of life to help build a thriving scientific environment. VIB is therefore looking for candidates who are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other's growth. VIB's collaborators are people with different strengths, experiences and backgrounds, who share a passion for science that generates impact in science and in society. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity, but also nationality, age, disability status, sexual orientation, religion and many other parts of one’s identity. All of VIB’s employees’ points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.