Post Doc in Structural Neurobiology

Catholic University of Leuven

A post-doctoral position is available at the Laboratory of Prof. Chris Ulens, KU Leuven, Belgium ( The research in the Laboratory of Structural Neurobiology is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanism of ligand-gated ion channels. Our methods rely on X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM in combination with electrophysiological recordings and fluorescence-based techniques. Our laboratory hosts an integrated macromolecular crystallization facility with a Mosquito crystallization robot and two RockImagers. We have access to a 200 kV Glacios microscope on campus as well as 300 kV JEOL CryoARM300 at the nearby EM facility in Brussels. Current projects are situated at the crossroads of structural elucidation and drug discovery of different pentameric ligand-gated ion channels.


We would like to recruit a post-doc with prior experience in cryo-EM or X-ray crystallography of membrane proteins. The successful candidate will be responsible to push forward one of the ongoing projects in the lab, which are aimed at different members of the class of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels.


The successful candidate:
- easily communicates in an open verbal manner and has a team player spirit
- has an ambitious work ethic
- critically contributes to writing of manuscripts and grant proposals
- makes efforts to obtain independent funding
- meets intermediate deadlines and brings projects to a successful end
- fuels internal discussions of recent publications in the field
- sets an example to younger PhD students in the lab
- identifies directions for future scientific research


We offer a postdoctoral research position within one of the top innovating universities in Europe. The contract is initially for 1 year, but renewable for up to 3-4 years depending on a positive yearly evaluation.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Chris Ulens, tel.: +32 16 33 06 89, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than May 17, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: May 17, 2021
  • Tags: Cellulaire en Moleculaire Geneeskunde