Postdoc Position in Bioinformatics, Metagenomics and the Human Microbiome
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The lab of Jeroen Raes (VIB, KU Leuven) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the computational analysis of microbiome data, with a particular emphasis on human-associated microbial communities in health and disease.

Projects will focus on :

i) bioinformatics / statistics method development for joint host and microbiota data analysis, multi-omics and clinical data integration and / or

ii) their application to large scale datasets generated within the Flemish Gut Flora project cohort (n>

5000), in a wide range of disease cohorts as well as in international projects (e.g FP7 MetaCardis, H2020 AD-Gut).

We look for an excellent track record in (meta-)omics data analysis and strong scientific drive. We provide a stimulating and fun environment to pursue your scientific dreams. Further info on


  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, datamining, biostatistics, population and / or statistical genetics, human microbiota, numerical / microbial ecology or equivalent
  • Good programming skills (perl / python / ruby / java / C++ etc, SQL, R), proficiency in Unix / Linux and cluster experience
  • A strong track record in omics data analysis (e.g. (meta)genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, genotyping data) is a plus
  • Experience in clinical datamining / machine learning, biomarker detection is a plus
  • We offer

    VIB-KULeuven is an exciting, interdisciplinary research institute with excellent facilities and leading research groups in e.

    g. gastroenterology, oncology, immunology, microbiology & virology, clinical genetics / -omics, molecular biology and translational research.

    The Raes lab is located on the Gasthuisberg campus of the KU Leuven (Fac. of Medicine) and has on-site robotic sample processing, high-throughput computing resources as well as next-gen sequencing facilities (mi / next / hiSeq.

    PacBio, oxford nanopore).

    Interested? Check out some of our recent work! (lab members in bold) :

  • Falony G*, Joossens M*, Vieira-Silva S*, Wang J* et al (2016) Population-level analysis of gut microbiome variation. Science 352 : 560-4
  • Lima-Mendez G*, Faust, K*, Henri, N*, et al (2015) Determinants of community structure in the global plankton interactome.
  • Science 348 : 1262073.

  • Vieira-Silva S*, Falony G* et al (2016) Species-function relationships shape ecological properties of the human gut microbiome.
  • Nature Microbiology doi : 10.1038 / nmicrobiol.2016.88

  • Sabino J*, Vieira-Silva S* et al (2016) Primary sclerosing cholangitis is characterized by intestinal dysbiosis independent from inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Gut pii : gutjnl-2015-311004

  • Forslund K*, Hildebrand F*, Nielsen T*, Falony G*, Le Chatelier E* et al (2015) Disentangling the effects of type 2 diabetes and metformin on the human gut microbiota. Nature 528 : 262-6
  • Faust K*, Lahti L* et al (2015) Metagenomics meets time series : Unraveling microbial community dynamics. Current Opinion in Microbiology 25 : 56-66
  • How to apply?

    Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online . Additional requirements :

  • please upload a letter stating your interest
  • please add the contact details of two references
  • Our institute greatly values diverse standpoints and promotes an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected.

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