Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of genetics of Alzheimer’s disease
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The in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of genetics of Alzheimer’s disease .


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of Alzheimer’s genetics. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a major global societal challenge and a threat to health care systems.
  • The uses advanced genomic technologies and computational genomics approaches to identify genetic variants affecting Alzheimer’s disease risk with the aim to gain a deeper molecular understanding of this devastating disease, and to translate these novel insights into meaningful actions for health care.

    The PhD project will use technologies such as long-read DNA and RNA sequencing, spatial transcriptomics and single cell sequencing to unravel the transcriptional landscape of AD risk genes, with specific focus on recently identified strong risk genes.

  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • Profile

  • You hold a Master degree in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biomedicine or related discipline.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have a strong interest in genomic technologies and / or analysis of omics data.
  • Prior experience with programming in R or Python, and with data analysis of omics data is considered an advantage.
  • You are highly motivated, enthusiastic, critical, and creative.
  • You are proficient in verbal and written English.
  • You have the ability to summarize data extracted from literature and to define research objectives.
  • You have a passion for science, self-motivation, flexibility, and team spirit.
  • What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch : Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will work at the VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology in a with state of the art research facilities.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp .
  • Want to apply?

  • You can only apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 9 August 2021 (by midnight Brussels time).
  • More details via
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof.
  • Dr. Kristel Sleegers, Principal Investigator, at .

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