Job function: PhD student
Peripheral Neuropathy Research Group: We have a longstanding interest in understanding the consequences of gene mutations causing hereditary neuropathies. We discovered the first genetic cause for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and were subsequently involved in the identification of several CMT associated genes. Many of these genes code for proteins that are involved in myelination, axonal transport and maintenance of the peripheral nervous system. The current focus of our research is studying the consequences of mutations in small heat shock proteins associated with peripheral nerve degeneration and neuromuscular disease. We make use of diverse molecular and cell biology tools (neuron-like cell models, Crispr/Cas9 genome editing, iPS cells and transgenic models) to understand the consequences of mutations on cells and peripheral nerves. We are located at the University of Antwerp and are affiliated to the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Institute Born-Bunge, a center of excellence in neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases. We have access to on-site facilities with expertise in e.g. omics technologies, microscopy and bio-informatics.
Profile and requirements:
Type of contract:
The applicant will be asked to submit and defend an innovative PhD project at the FWO-Flanders (Strategic Basic Research fellowship: www.fwo.be) requiring extensive preparation during the summer of 2018. If not granted, obtaining adequate ranking for this competitive doctoral scholarship will result in a contract for a period of at least one year with possibility for re-application the next year.
How to apply:
Applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org June 1st 2018. A reselection will be made based on the submitted motivation letters and CVs. Selected candidates will be invited for interview and will be informed about the remainder of the selection procedure. Importantly, we apply the same admission guidelines as the FWO, Flanders, Belgium. More details on the specific PhD project can be obtained by contacting: Prof. Dr. Vincent Timmerman, PhD
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