Postdoctoral position

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Postdoctoral position


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Offer Description→ Apply before 02/06/2024 23:59 (Brussels Time)
→ Department: Human Structure and Repair
→ Occupancy rate: 100%
→ Number of positions: 2
→ Type of employment: contract of unlimited duration with clause
→ Term of assignment: 3 years
→ Required diploma: PhD in Life SciencesABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITYGhent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programs grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.ABOUT THE HOST LABExtracellular vesicles are membrane-enclosed communicative particles released in body fluids that carry cell-type-specific molecular patterns including nucleic acids and proteins. Knowledge on their origin, fate and function in the human body is required to accelerate therapeutic and diagnostic applications but hampered by a plethora of technological pitfalls (Hendrix, Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol, 2021). The Hendrix lab created the EV-TRACK knowledgebase and launched the EV-TRACK coaching tool to stimulate transparency and steer reproducibility (Van Deun et al., Nat Methods, 2017). We designed recombinant extracellular vesicles, that are easily trackable and distinguishable from sample extracellular vesicles, to support instrument calibration and data normalization (Geeurickx et al., Nat Commun, 2019; Nat Protoc, 2021). We established reproducible protocols to separate extracellular vesicles from other particles in body fluids (Tulkens et al., Nat Protoc, 2020). This supporting ecosystem has steered the Hendrix lab towards the pioneering discovery of systemic bacterial extracellular vesicles in non-septicemic patients, including cancer patients (Tulkens et al., Gut, 2020).As a post-doctoral scientist, you will play a fundamental role in an EU-funded ERC consolidator grant, which aims to investigate the role of bacterial extracellular vesicles in cancer.YOUR TASKS

  • At least 85% of your assignment will be dedicated to academic research.
  • You will apply state-of-the-art technologies to analyze bacterial extracellular vesicles including the most recent technologies for extracellular vesicles.
  • You will be embedded in a team consisting of a dedicated lab technician, an experienced bio-informatician and PhD students that is dedicated to the study of bacterial extracellular vesicles and operating at the wet and dry lab interface ranging from the study of the composition of bacterial extracellular vesicles towards assessing their function.
  • You will be active at the Hendrix lab (Ghent University) which is embedded in the Ghent University Hospital campus ensuring close interaction with clinicians. You will be in very close interaction with partners from Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG, Ghent), Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB, Ghent) as well as (inter)national collaborating teams to enable multidisciplinary investigations.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORDiploma, knowledge and experience

  • You hold a Ph.D. in Life Sciences (obtained max. 6 years ago as determined by the date written on the diploma).
  • Post-doc position 1: You have a strong background in pharmacology. Experience with in vivo model systems (Felasa C) is a plus.
  • Post-doc position 2: You have a strong background in microbiology and/or bio-informatics. Experience with meta-omics and analysis of large omics data sets is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills are required.
  • You have a proven track record of successful research and high ranked publications.
  • You know how to apply the principles of project management.
  • You have a keen interest in immune-oncology and extracellular vesicles.

Skills and attitudes

  • You are a talented and enthusiastic researcher, who is seriously motivated and has a sense for high professional standards.
  • You are ambitious and passionate about research and ready to be the key link between multiple researchers involved in this project.
  • You have the ability to work autonomously while having strong team player skills.
  • You are motivated towards applying for future competitive postdoc grants (e.g. FWO).


  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 3 years, upon successful assessment in the first year.
  • Your contract will start as soon as possible.
  • Participate in an exciting and rapidly evolving new research area within a multidisciplinary environment in an EU-funded lab that operates at international level and is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies.
  • Become member of an integrated research platform connecting young, dynamic and enthusiastic research staff with great team spirit.
  • A defined track for postdoc coaching and career development (see postdoc community at Ghent University).
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1.

. * All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers.
(in Dutch).INTERESTED?Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your curriculum vitae including an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application (motivation) letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: Upload at least two reference letters. An accessible link to the PhD dissertation and published research papers should be provided.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.After the application deadline expires, we will review all applications and give you feedback. If the result is positive, you will be invited for an interview with the selection committee (in person or online) in the first half of June 2024.As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.If you plan to apply or if you want to have more information about this vacancy, please contact An Hendrix directly via e-mail:Important: Only applications received online and before the deadline will be taken into consideration. Please also send a copy of your application by e-mail toDo you have a question regarding the online application process? Please read our FAQ or contact helpdesk ( – tel. 09/264 98 98).RequirementsResearch Field Biological sciences Years of Research Experience 4 – 10Research Field Biological sciences Years of Research Experience 4 – 10Research Field Medical sciences Years of Research Experience 4 – 10Research Field Pharmacological sciences Years of Research Experience 4 – 10Additional InformationWebsite for additional job detailsWork Location(s)Number of offers available 2 Company/Institute Ghent University Country Belgium City Ghent Postal Code 9000 Street Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33Where to apply WebsiteContact CityGhent WebsitePostal Code9000STATUS: EXPIRED

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