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Post-Doctoral Position: Deciphering virus-host interactions using correlated confocal-atomic force microscopy

ABG-93549 Job Confirmed
2020-09-15 Fixed-term 12 Month > €45,000 and < €55,000 annual gross
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Université catholique de Louvain
Louvain-La-Neuve - Belgium
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
AFM, Biophysics, virology, cell culture, cell transfection, cellular biology, confocal, microscopy, optics, force spectroscopy, nano biotechnology
Teaching and research


The Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) is Belgium's largest French-speaking university. It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve, which was expressly built to house the university. The University of Leuven was founded at the centre of the historic town of Leuven (or Louvain) in 1425, making it the first university in Belgium and the Low Countries. After being closed in 1797 during the Napoleonic period, the Catholic University of Leuven was "re-founded" in 1834, and is frequently, but controversially, identified as a continuation of the older institution.AB In 1968 the Catholic University of Leuven split into the Dutch-language Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which stayed in Leuven, and the French-language Université catholique de Louvain, which moved to Louvain-la-Neuve in Wallonia, 20 km southeast of Brussels. Since the 15th century, Leuven, as it is still often called, has been a major contributor to the development of Catholic theology. It is considered the oldest Catholic university still in existence.

Position and assignments

The NanoBioPhysics group at UCL is looking for a talented postdoc to join an exciting multidisciplinary project aiming at developing an innovative microscopy platform to decipher virus infection on living cell at the nanoscale. This research is funded by an ERC Starting grant.
This research will be performed by combining molecular biology tools, atomic force microscopy using in particular multifunctional high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic approaches (force-distance curve-based AFM) and fluorescence/confocal imaging. In this ERC project we intend to go beyond the current limits of available techniques in virology and to develop and establish a multifunctional high-resolution tool that allow to image single mammalian cells and to simultaneously quantify the interactions that guide the virus entry at the single virus level.

The position is available Starting January 1st 2018.

Geographic mobility:

No business trip


Prerequisites: Ph.D. in chemistry/biology/biochemistry/biophysics, strong background in  biophysics or in cellular biology, experience with AFM force spectroscopy is desirable but not mandatory. Expertise in mammalian cell transfection is "a plus". Motivation to work with sophisticated instrumentation, spectroscopy, and computer-assisted data evaluation is important.

Conditions: Submission up to 6 years after the PhD. Fellowships are intended to promote international exchange.
We offer : Up to 5 years postdoc contract with competitive salary. Multidisciplinary project, high-quality international scientific environment.

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