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PhD position in modelling microbial evolution, University of Leuven, Belgium

Détails de l'offre

  • Type de poste: CDD, PhD/Doctorat
  • Secteur : Public
  • Localité : France 
  • Limite de candidature : 08/11/2021
  • Profil de poste:
    Recherche et innovation
  • Domaine(s) :
    Microbiologie et Immunologie


RESEARCHER PROFILE: First Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 08/11/2021 23:59 – Europe/Brussels
LOCATION: Belgium › Leuven
TYPE OF CONTRACT: To be defined
JOB STATUS: Full-time

Offer description

We offer an interdisciplinary PhD position at the University of Leuven (Belgium).

The research will concern mathematical and/or computational modelling of microbial evolution in changing and uncertain environments, and will be mainly supervised by Prof Piet van den Berg and co-supervised by Prof Jan Michiels.

This set-up ensures close supervision on the modelling part (Prof van den Berg) but also the direct involvement of a world class experimental evolution lab (Prof Michiels), both to direct attention to the most relevant research questions and to test model predictions.

Research questions include (but are not limited to):

  • How do environmental change and uncertainty affect the evolutionary response to antibiotic stress in bacteria (i.e. evolution of resistance vs persistence)?
  • Do different genetic backgrounds make some evolutionary responses to environmental change and uncertainty more likely than others?

The position is relatively flexible – the course of the project can to a reasonable extent be adapted to the interests and background of the candidate.


Full time position, Standard Belgian PhD salary.Three yeas of funding are currently secured for this position – the student will be asked to apply for FWP PhD funding

Eligibility criteria

  • MSc in Biology or a related field
  • Experience with theoretical modelling and/or systems biology
  • Capacity for creative and critical thinking and strong motivation to work on evolutionary questions

Selection process

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Piet van den Berg, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than 08/11/2021 via the online application tool.

Web site for additional job details:

Application Deadline: 08/11/2021 23:59 – Europe/Brussels

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