PhD in Bacterial Cell Biology / Microbiology
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PhD in Bacterial Cell Biology / Microbiology
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Localisation: Louvain-La-Neuve, La Belgique
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PhD in Bacterial Cell Biology / Microbiology

The Laloux lab is a young research group of the de Duve Institute (https://www.deduveinstitute.be/research/bacteria/géraldine-laloux) of the University of Louvain (UCL, Brussels; http://www.uclouvain.be). For more info on the group, please check our website (http://www.lalouxlab.weebly.com). We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate to pursue an exciting PhD project in our lab (usually 4-years), aiming at understanding how B. bacteriovorus thrives inside its prey (specific details about the possible research proposals will be provided to applicants upon request). Funding of the salary is secured for up to the first 1 or 2 years of PhD. Ideal starting date is either July 1st, 2018 or October 1st, 2018 (some adaptation is possible based on individual situations)

Our goal is to uncover how bacterial cells organize their molecular content in space and time to fulfill their fascinating lifecycles. In particular, we focus on the model predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, which feeds upon other Gram-negative bacteria. In our lab, we use bacterial genetics, molecular biology and live quantitative microscopy at high resolution, to unravel the novel mechanisms that control key processes of the outstanding cell cycle of this small predator.

Techniques will include (but are not limited to): routine microbiology techniques, genetic engineering of E. coli and B. bacteriovorus, live fluorescence microscopy, quantitative analysis of microscopy images, molecular cloning, biochemistry and proteomic analysis, measurements of prey-predator interactions.

The candidate is expected to attend national and international scientific meetings and to present her/his work in the form of posters of oral communications when appropriate. 

Benefits

Up to the first 1 or 2 years of funding are secured by a PhD fellowship from a MIS grant (Incentive grant for scientific research) of the F.R.S.-FNRS (National Fund for Research). However, the candidate is expected to apply to his own PhD fellowship (e.g. FNRS Aspirant or FRIA, http://www.fnrs.be/en/index.php/funding/mandates/doctoral-researchers) to secure funding for the remaining of the 4-years PhD program. Details can be provided upon request. PhD fellowships in Belgium offer a comfortable and free-of-tax salary.

Funded in 1425, the University of Louvain (UCL) is a research-oriented, multi-site university that hosts several research institutes and technology platforms, is open to the world (with > 40% of international researchers) and occupies the first place among universities of the French-speaking community of Belgium (http://www.uclouvain.be). Located on the Brussels campus of UCL, the de Duve Institute is a multi-disciplinary and international biomedical research institute funded by the Nobel Prize Laureate Christian de Duve (www.deduveinstitute.be). Several top-quality technical platforms are available on site. The Laloux lab is a young research group addressing original and fascinating bacterial cell biology questions, in which the candidate will benefit from a stimulating work environment and from interactions with other established groups in the field (http://www.lalouxlab.weebly.com).

Eligibility criteria

Master degree or equivalent obtained less than 2 years before the start of the program.

Selection process

Candidates will be pre-selected by the PI based on the written application. Interviews (on site or via skype) will then be conducted with the PI for selected candidates.

Additional comments

Ideal starting date is either July 1st, 2018 or October 1st, 2018 (some adaptation is possible based on individual situations)

Web site for additional job details

http://www.deduveinstitute.be/research/bacteria/géraldine-laloux

http://www.lalouxlab.weebly.com

Skills/Qualifications

The candidate holds a Master Degree in Biological Sciences, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry or equivalent for not more than 2 years before the start of the PhD. A microbiology/bacteriology or genetic background is a plus. 

The candidate is highly motivated, quality-oriented, has a strong interest for the bacterial world, biology and fundamental research, is ready to commit for a challenging 4-years thesis project and to apply to a PhD fellowship after the first period of secured funding (see additional info below).

A good command of English (spoken and written), good communication skills, and ability to work in a team are necessary.

Specific Requirements

The application should include:

1) a CV including previous research experience,

2) a short cover letter (max. half a page) describing e.g. the candidate’s motivation, career objectives, research interests, expertise

3) the name, affiliation and contact information of two references who can attest the quality and research interest of the candidate

4) transcripts of previous academic records (this is useful to determine which type of fellowship can be considered after the 1st 1 or 2 years of secured funding).

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