PhD student position in cancer genomics and bioinformatics (Leuven, Belgium)

Job description:

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the lab of Anna Sablina at VIB Center for the Biology of Disease; the Department of Human Genetics, KULeuven in Leuven, Belgium. The key goal of the lab is to understand the function and cooperation of genetic alterations in malignant transformation and anti-cancer drug responses. We approach these questions by combining cancer patient data analysis, cancer genome analysis, genomic engineering technologies, experimental models of cell transformation derived from primary human cells and patient-derive xenograft models. 

The project is based on statistical, bioinformatic, and systems biology analyses of head and neck cancer samples using data obtained both from cell models and patient materials. The PhD student will analyze complex experimental data, interpret and present results and participate in the writing of scientific papers.

The lab is located in in a dynamic, stimulating, multidisciplinary work environment that shares a collaborative and international culture. Working language is English. A doctoral student research position is for a period of four years, in case of positive evaluation after the first year. The start date is ASAP. 

Your Profile:

  • Master in bioinformatics, biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, bio-engineering with outstanding study results. 
  • A good knowledge of bioinformatics techniques (NGS data analysis, data mining) is an important asset, and knowledge of one or more programming languages is a plus.
  • Previous experience with or background in the field of cancer research is a bonus. 
  • You are fluent in English communication, quality-oriented and creative, and eager to emerge in new scientific disciplines.


Applicants are invited to send a motivation letter, detailed CV (incl. courses, grades, previous work, publications) and contact info of at least two references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to Prof. Anna Sablina ( If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to send an email.

Компания: Center for Human Genetics


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