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Postdoc position available at The Unit for Cell Death and Inflammation (UCDI)

Vib Institute

The Unit for Cell Death and Inflammation (UCDI) of Prof. Peter Vandenabeele has currently a job opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with research experience in autophagy and cell death and inflammation.

The project is part of the iBOF ATLANTIS consortium (Autophagy in inflammation and inflammatory disorders, from basic insights to experimental therapy). ATLANTIS brings together scientists from 3 Flemish universities with complementary expertise in the fields of autophagy, cell death, inflammation, angiogenesis and drug screening/medicinal chemistry.

The successful candidate will be responsible for studying mechanisms of MLKL in cell death and inflammation or beyond. We have performed a crispr/cas suppressor screening on the regulation of MLKL activity and found several nuclear proteins. (“Unraveling necroptotic-independent functions of MLKL in EC homeostasis and EC related diseases through the generation of new MLKL mouse models and cellular drug screening”).

The applicant should be highly motivated and passionate about driving and performing research and associated laboratory tasks and be able to work independently. The person will collaborate with PhD students and technicians to increase the impact of the research efforts. The position can be started any time between now and October 1.

About the Lab

The VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research (IRC) aims at unravelling the mechanisms of immunity and inflammation for better prevention and therapy of human chronic disease. Several high-end core facilities support and improve our research activities: microscopy, flow cytometry, transgenesis, cell culture, recombinant protein technology, single cell. For more information, please visit:

The University of Ghent is a sustainable, family-friendly organization, which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.



  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology or a related discipline.
  • Minimal 4 years of prior research experience at Ph.D. level in the fields of autophagy, cell death and/or innate immunity.
  • Prior hands-on experience with cell culture and molecular biology technologies.
  • Work with transgenic mice for in vivo experiments.


Key personal characteristics

  • The applicant should be highly motivated and passionate about driving and performing research and associated laboratory tasks and be able to work independently.
  • Excellent skills in writing, communication, collaboration with other persons in the unit and other units.

We offer

  • A 3-year postdoctoral position at Ghent University.
  • A multidisciplinary and highly stimulating and supporting international research environment.
  • Access to state-of-the-art tools and infrastructure.
  • Various training opportunities are organized at UGent/VIB to broaden your expertise and skills to
  • A high degree of freedom and strong discussion culture

How to apply?

“In cell death we trust”
Prof. P. Vandenabeele

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