Post-doctoral fellow - Epigenetics - KU Leuven Belgium


Post-doctoral fellow - Epigenetics - KU Leuven Belgium


One of our main goals is to provide insights in the complex interplay between environmental exposures

at different stages of development and genetic susceptibility for diseases. Understanding how

(epi)genetic changes -during development and throughout a life course- increase the risk for certain

disorders may help us to intervene where needed; and hence, prevent the disorder or disease in the

susceptible or exposed population. The Epidemiology group at the Faculty of Medicine (KU Leuven)

focuses on epigenetic aspects of early exposures. We set-up an interdisciplinary research collaboration

with the Leuven University Fertility Center (LUFC) at UZ Leuven and the Genomics Core, both located at

our campus. This collaboration includes a longitudinal study, Epigenetic Legacy of Paternal Obesity

(ELPO), where we collected data and samples from patients seeking fertility treatment. The current

research project involves assessment of epigenetic characteristics and patterns in sperm, embryos,

maternal and paternal tissues, and offspring samples.

Your profile:

A PhD degree in a relevant field, such as (Epi)Genetics, Bio-Engineering, Bio-Technology,

Molecular or Cell Biology, ...

You are highly motived and looking for an international career in Human Epigenetics.

Extensive experience in Next-generation sequencing library preparation.

Preferentially experienced in one of the following methods: Whole-Genome Bisulfite

Sequencing analyses, Pyrosequencing, Infinium HumanMethylation450 analyses, or related.

A research record (publications, presentations at conferences, ...) that proves your expertise in

this field.

A good command of English, oral and written.

Familiar with statistical programming (such as R, SAS, SPSS,...)

Good presentation skills and communicative

Good organizational skills.

It is important to be self-motivated and to manage the workload between experiment analyses,

statistical analyses, adequate reading of literature, preparing a publication, supporting and

supervising students, and writing a new grant application.

Our offer:

This position offers the opportunity to support your scholarship as a post-doctoral fellow for a defined

time; extendable to 1 or 2 years.

The opportunity to accelerate your skills and join a dynamic and young team, to actively participate at

international conferences, write publications and grants; supported by our team.

Application information:

Your application must contain an email with subject "post-doc EPI" to


CV (academic degrees and grades, title of thesis, previous academic positions, publications, etc.)

Name of your current supervisor and a summary of your current work (1 page).

A motivation letter laying out your research interest and your future goals.

Contact information of at least 3 referees.

Only selected applicants will be contacted, within 30 days after all documents have been received.

After this first selection procedure you may be asked to provide proofs of official documents (academic

degrees, doctoral degree,...).

This vacancy is open until a candidate has been selected with the skills needed; hence, we recommend

to apply as soon as possible. The foreseen start date of this position is January 1, 2018; but this is