ERC-funded Postdoc Position in Molecular Genetics

Leuven VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology

15 Jul 2024


VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology

Kevin Verstrepen Lab



ERC-funded postdoc position in molecular genetics: Unravelling the eukaryotic post-transcriptional regulatory code

Job description

Are you interested in unraveling a central, yet understudied mechanism in eukaryotic cells? Join our multidisciplinary and international team to perform ground-breaking research aimed at understanding how cells control gene activity and protein expression.

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral scientist with a PhD in biological engineering, molecular biology, genetics and/or microbiology (or equivalent). You will join a young and motivated international team of scientists working on regulatory genomics, within the framework of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded Synergy Grant EPIC. This exciting project aims to understand how cells control gene activity and protein expression, which is crucial to understanding how cells function.

You will study transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation leveraging the unparalleled molecular toolbox of the eukaryotic model system Saccharomyces cerevisiae and other eukaryotic fungal species. You will perform innovative assays to probe the cells across all layers of gene regulation (i.e. chromatin, DNA, RNA and protein level) under different environmental conditions.

Your work will consist of a variable mix of experiments and analyses, including basic microbiology, transformation, high-throughput phenotyping using robots, state-of-the-art DNA and RNA sequencing and analysis, synthetic biology approaches. You will be based in Leuven,  but will also collaborate with the two other groups involved in this project with complementary expertise (Vicente Pelechano, Karolinska Institute, development of high-throughput omics assays and Julien Gagneur, Technical University of Munich, AI and bioinformatics) via regular online meetings and short research stays. In this way, your data will contribute to building a model of the regulatory code. You will perform experimental validation by using this model to design genes and cells for biotechnological applications.

Who we are

The lab for Systems Biology of Kevin Verstrepen is a research team at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology. Our team focuses on genomics, genetics, epigenetics, transcriptomics and evolution, using yeast as a model. We combine wet lab and computational research to investigate how biological systems work and evolve and use this knowledge to generate superior microbes for use in a greener industry. Please visit us at and for more information.

The lab is located at KU Leuven, one of the oldest and most prominent universities in Europe, consistently ranked within the top 50 worldwide universities. Leuven is located 10 miles from Brussels, with frequent direct train connections to Brussels airport.



  • You have a PhD degree in biotechnology, biology, biochemistry, bio-engineering or a related field 
  • You are familiar with data analysis using R
  • You are fluent in English, for both written and oral communication
  • You are an enthused team player who is open and respectful to other cultures, opinions and ways of life
  • You are accurate and critical of your work and its implementation
  • You are willing to participate in the general lab organization
  • You have a strong ability to multi-task and meet timelines

Desirable but not required

  • Experience with yeast molecular biology (PCR, transformation, large-scale assays) is considered a strong plus

Key personal characteristics

  • You love working in a multicultural, international and multidisciplinary team and enjoy diversity

We offer

  • A fully-funded, full-time postdoctoral position in a stimulating and supportive international research environment, with English as the main language
  • The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations.
  • The ability to work on scientifically exceptional and high-impact research topics
  • Access to state-of-the-art tools and research infrastructure
  • Excellent training in academic, technical and career skills.
  • Preferred starting date is July 1st, 2024, but if needed, the starting date can be delayed by a few months

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online via the online application procedure.

A complete application file (English) should contain the following documents:

  • your cover/motivation letter stating career goals, experience, and how these relate to the current position
  • your CV, including a list of your scientific publications
  • contact information of at least 2 references

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.