Immunology of cell death (BOFZAP)

KU Leuven
June 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

There is a full-time academic research position in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at The Biomedical Sciences Group KU Leuven in the area of cell death-driven inflammation and immunity (with particular focus on innate and adaptive immune signaling elicited by different cell death pathways e.g. apoptosis and necrosis, and their translational utilization for effective molecular medicine). We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary and translational research record and with educational competence within the fields of immunology, cell biology, translational medicine and/or molecular signal transduction. The department can build upon a solid research infrastructure, an extensive international network, connections with companies and non-profit organisations, a stable offer of highly talented PhD students and a supportive working environment. The department is internationally renowned for its molecular and cellular research in the domain of signal transduction and cellular communication, and wants to extend this expertise to intercellular communication regulating inflammation and immunity, and its implications for various (cell death-associated) pathophysiological conditions, which may lead to eventual clinical applications.


You will develop a complementary and internationally competitive research program and use your expertise in the immunobiology of cell death to support and further develop the ongoing research in various pathophysiological contexts currently being explored at our department (e.g. diabetes, cancer, wound healing, pathogenic infections, critical illness-induced organ failure, or neurological diseases). You will network and collaborate with several research groups within the department and provide expert support and service to other research groups within KU Leuven and internationally.

You will also be expected to actively secure external financing, to set up an excellent research program of a high international level and to develop national and international collaborations with the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. You will also supervise PhDs at an international level.


You will have to ensure dissemination of high-quality education in basic sciences in the academic programs in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Dental Sciences, with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole. You will also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty/university through the supervision of master's theses and as a promoter of PhD students. You will develop your teachings in accordance with KU Leuven's vision on activating and research-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalisation offered by the faculty and the university. Your teaching task is determined in consultation and based on your specific profile. The scope of this is limited in the first years of your appointment. In your further career, we will strive for a good balance between research and teaching time.


Scientific, social and internal services are also part of your job.

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