Postdoc Researcher in Study of Neuronal Basis in Motor Control

Leuven Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF)

28 Sep 2022


Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF)

Aya Takeoka Lab



The Takeoka lab studies how animals generate and control motor behavior in health and disease, using a multi-disciplinary approach including detailed motor kinematic assessments, mouse genetics, optogenetic, pharmacogenetic, electrophysiological, and imaging techniques. The lab investigates how different types of sensory feedback circuits control repetitive and complex motor behavior, with a primary focus on somatosensory and visual feedback. Our aims are to understand:

  • How motor circuits develop to build functional modules at different levels (cortex, brainstem and spinal cord) and how motor learning shapes these circuits.
  • How the canonical organization of motor circuits changes after traumatic injury and neurological diseases to compensate for and contribute to motor recovery.


  • We are currently looking for a post-doctoral researcher with a strong drive to succeed, a positive attitude and a background in at least one of the disciplines of Neuroscience (physiology, molecular or engineering). 
  • Computational background is a big plus. 
  • The candidate should also be a team player with good communication skills. 
  • In addition to scientific excellence and integrity, we value mentorship, collaboration, innovation and above all, a strong passion over the subject of motor control.

We offer

Post-doctoral applicants are offered a 2-4 years training period. Trainees in the lab will be closely supervised to have at least one first-author publication in a highly regarded international journal by the end of the training.

How to apply?

Additional requirements: 

  • a list of three references with emails and phone numbers
  • a cover letter describing your past and future projects and career goals, as well as what you hope to get out of the Takeoka Lab

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 ones identity. All of VIB's employees' points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.