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Postdoctoral Fellowship 'Liver Cell Biology'

Category:  Academic Staff & Researchers

1 - Working at the VUB

For already 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.


Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.


The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.


The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.

2 - Position description

The Faculteit Geneeskunde en Farmacie, Department Basis (bio)-medische wetenschappen, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a grant


More concretely your work package, for the validation of your doctoral research, contains: 

  • ​​​​​You will become a member of the Liver Cell Biology research group (LIVR) of Prof. Leo van Grunsven. Our lab studies molecular mechanisms involved in liver disease and liver regeneration, thereby making use of several mouse models as well as in vitro models of liver disease (for more information please visit We recently initiated an interdisciplinary research project to investigate the role of blood vessels in orchestrating the development and morphogenesis of ectopic miniorgans, including liver; 
  • You will study ectopic miniorgan development in mouse liver and develop culture conditions to mimick this in vitro; 
  • You will determine how extracellular signaling molecules and mechanical forces direct miniorgan formation; 
  • You will closely collaborate with laboratories from the KULeuven university (Leuven, Belgium - Profs. Georg Halder en Hans Van Oosterwyck); 


For this function, our Brussels Health Campus (Jette) will serve as your home base. 

3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?


  • You've attained a diploma of doctor in medical sciences, life sciences or equivalent; 


  • You have a sound scientific file, preferably with a background in developmental biology, tissue culture engineering or mouse transgenics and published papers to proof this;
  • You are willing and capable of applying for personal fellowships (EU MSCA, FWO and others);
  • You have methodological skills in the area of microscopy, primary cell culture and differentiation, and molecular biology; 
  • Good knowledge of bio-informatics (transcriptomics) is a plus;
  • You have excellent (academic) English communication skills;
  • You have good (English) writing skills (manuscripts, reporting, funding applications);
  • You can organize your own work efficiently, and you will report on a regular basis to your PI;
  • You will assist the PI's of the group in project management and obtaining funding;
  • You can present your work in your own group, as well as in international meetings;
  • You possess the ability to solve problems and supervise a PhD candidate and/or technician and help them to achieve their goals;


  • You have not had a residence or employment in Belgium for a period exceeding 12 months in the 36-month period preceding the start date of the postdoctoral scholarship.

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?


You’ll be offered a full-time postdoctoral scholarship, for 12 months (extendable up to max. 36 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the research activities), with planned starting date 01/11/2021


You’ll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.


At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.


As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract). 

5 - Interested?

Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?


Send us ONLINE and at latest on 30/09/2021 your CV, letter of motivation and the highest degree you’ve attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).


Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Leo van Grunsven at or on +32-2-4774407.


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