PhD Student

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology

30 Oct 2022


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology

Gabriele Bergers Lab



03 Nov 2022

The Laboratory for Tumor Microenvironment and Therapeutic Resistance, headed by Gabriele Bergers is seeking a highly motivated PhD student at the VIB-KU Leuven center for cancer biology, in Leuven Belgium.  

High endothelial venules (HEVs) are specialized blood vessels with a unique structure and unique adhesion molecule expression that facilitate lymphocyte infiltration into the lymph node. Therefore, they are crucial for proper lymphocyte infiltration, priming and expansion in the lymph node. This project will focus on understanding how these vessels respond to stress under different pathological conditions, including cancer metastasis, with a long-term goal of identifying therapeutic targets to support and maintain HEV function.  This project will also involve a variety of cutting-edge technologies including single-cell RNA sequencing, multiplex IHC, spatial transcriptomics, and intravital microscopy. We welcome enthusiastic candidates to apply.

This project is embedded within a EOS consortium between laboratories at KU Leuven, ULiège, and Weill Cornell Medical College,  providing interesting opportunities for collaboration within Belgium and abroad.  



We seek a highly motivated and curious individual with a BS or masters in the field of life science. Prior experience in vascular biology, cancer research, autophagy or immunology are an advantage. A collaborative spirit is essential for this position. 

How to apply?

Applicants should submit online a motivation letter, CV and the names and emails of two referees. Any questions can be directed to

Applicants should submit a motivation letter, CV and the names and emails of two referees to

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.