Professor in Membrane Contact Sites

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
March 19, 2023
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Professor in Membrane Contact Sites

(ref. ZAP-2022-104)

Last modification : Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) of the KU Leuven Biomedical Sciences Group has a full-time vacancy for independent academic staff in the field of mammalian membrane contact sites (MCSs), with special focus on unraveling novel functional effectors of organelle-organelle interactions. Particular attention is paid to application of super-resolution imaging, and development of new tools (e.g. sensors/reporters) enabling the study of inter-organelle proximity with high temporal-spatial resolution and Cryo-EM tomography. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary research record and with educational competence in molecular cell biology and signal transduction in the context of human diseases. The CMM department can build on a solid research infrastructure, an extensive international network, connections with companies and non-profit organizations, a stable supply of talented PhD students and a supportive and inclusive working environment. In addition, the department has an international reputation for its molecular and cellular research in the field of signal transduction and cellular communication. CMM wants to extend this expertise to the study of inter-organellar (mis)communication in health and disease. The group's website: https:// Unit website: https://

Duties Research
  • You develop a competitive and high-quality research program focused on structural and functional aspects of inter-organellar communication through MCSs.
  • You develop innovative methods for the study of inter-organellar communication and the MCS's interactome/tetherome based on high-end approaches including high-resolution microscopy, cryo-EM, proximity-driven fluorescent probes, proximity-based biotinylation and/or organelle multi- omics analyses.
  • Your research program is complementary to current research within the CMM department and the Biomedical Sciences group.
  • You actively participate in the acquisition of competitive funds for the development of your research program.
  • You work together with several research groups within the CMM department, the Biomedical Sciences group and the University Hospital Leuven.
  • Education
  • You provide high-quality education in the basic sciences of the Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy or Dentistry programs.
  • You also contribute to the pedagogical project of the faculty/university by supervising master's theses and as promoter of doctoral students.
  • Your teaching assignment is determined on the basis of your specific profile. It is limited in scope during the first years of your appointment. In your further career, the necessary attention is paid to the balance between research and teaching time.
  • You develop your education in accordance with the vision of KU Leuven on activating and research-based education and you make use of the opportunities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
  • Service
  • You provide scientific, social and internal services that contribute to the reputation of the entire university.
  • Profile
  • You hold a PhD with dissertation in biomedical sciences, or equivalent.
  • A detailed knowledge of innovative methods in super-resolution microscopy is required.
  • You have a strong research record in the field of membrane contact sites as evidenced by publications in top international journals of the field and international research experience.
  • You have built an international reputation in the field of membrane contact sites and international network of collaborations.
  • You have a demonstrated capability to acquire competitive research funding.
  • Teaching experience is a plus.
  • You have managerial and organizational skills and you have a collegial attitude.
  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
  • Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.
  • Offer
  • We offer full-time employment in anintellectually stimulating environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive,internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental andapplied scientific research. She has a strong inter- and multidisciplinaryfocus and strives for international excellence. To this end, it activelycollaborates with its research partners at home and abroad. She offers herstudents an academic training based on high-level scientific research. The KULeuven Research & Development knowledge and technology transfer service( is a role model for many European universities.
  • You will work in Leuven, a historic yet dynamic and livelycity in the center of Belgium, twenty minutes from Brussels, the capital of theEuropean Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
  • Depending on your file and qualifications, you will beappointed to one of the ranks of the independent academic staff: lecturer,associate professor, professor or full professor.
  • KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and theirfamily and provides practical support with regard to immigration &administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, ...
  • To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research inthe first phase a starting grant of 110.000 euro is offered to new professorswithout substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.
  • Interested?

    For more information please contact Prof. dr. Patrizia Agostinis, tel.: +32 16 33 06 50, mail: [email protected] For problems with online applying, please contact [email protected]

    You must enclose a research statement with your motivation letter that demonstrates your added value for the research program of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences Group (max. 3 pages). In addition, you outline your vision on academic education in a teaching statement (max. 1 page).

    KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at [email protected]

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