Postdoctoral position available to study human-specific molecular mechanisms of neuronal development



Leuven, Belgium


The Vanderhaeghen Lab ( ; @VanderhaeghenP2) at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research (, is seeking a creative postdoctoral scientist to study the human-specific mechanisms of development and function of cortical neurons.

Join us to undertake a highly interdisciplinary project focusing on one exciting question: « What makes our brain human ? » (Vanderhaeghen and Polleux, Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2023).
We combine cutting-edge approaches such as pluripotent stem cell models of human corticogenesis, human-mouse brain xenotransplantation, mouse transgenesis, in vivo mouse brain imaging, ex vivo human brain analyses.

See more in selected references from the lab:
Iwata et al. Science (2023) 379: 1-9. doi:10.1126/science.abn4705
Libé-Philippot et at al. Cell (2023) 186(26):5766-5783.
Vanderhaeghen P, Polleux F. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. (2023) 24, 213-232.


  • We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in mechanisms of neuronal development linked with human brain evolution and diseases.
  • PhD in neuroscience, biology or related field.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, critical thinking, enjoying teamwork and excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in molecular biology, metabolism or cell biology is a plus.

We offer

  • A versatile and challenging academic position with very diverse contacts in a world-class research environment operating at an international level, and various opportunities to broaden your expertise
  • A competitive compensation package based on expertise and experience
  • Starting Date: as soon as possible

How to apply?

Please complete the online application procedure and include a detailed CV incl. list of publications, a motivation letter, and the contact information of three referees.

For more information: please contact Pierre Vanderhaeghen (