KU Leuven

Postdoctoral Scientist

2024-06-28 (Europe/Brussels)
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Are you passionate about elucidating the role of the gut microbial metabolism on human health? Do you thrive in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment? If so, the Laboratory Digestion and Absorption (DigaLab) at TARGID (Translational Research for Gastrointestinal Disorders) within the Chrometa department invites you to join our team.
The researchers at TARGID perform innovative research, merging basic and translational science to pioneer advancements in gastroenterology and nutrition. The DigaLab focus specifically lies in exploring the intricate interplay between gut microbial metabolism and human health, and in how nutrition influences these dynamics. With metabolomics and stable isotope techniques as corner stones, we are committed to unravel the mechanisms by which our microbes affect our health.
We are currently seeking a talented Postdoctoral Scientist to join our team and contribute to the Europe Horizon project Healthferm. This project investigates the impact of fermented foods and the role of short-chain fatty acids in shaping cardiometabolic health.

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• Collaborate on the design and execution of human intervention trials.
• Mentor and supervise PhD and master's students, nurturing in this way the next generation of scientists.
• Dive deep into metabolomics analysis and multi-omics data interpretation.
• Supervise the development of novel analytical approaches.


• You hold a PhD in biomedical sciences, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition, or a related field, with a proven track record of excellence.
• You possess a profound interest in metabolomics and statistical analysis of multi-omic data.
• You have proven expertise in chromatographic and mass spectrometry techniques
• You have a good publication record.
• You communicate fluently and effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
• You thrive in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.


• Secure a 2-year full-time position, with an initial contract of 1 year, providing stability and opportunity for growth.
• comprehensive support to submit and execute research proposals, empowering you to pursue your scientific passions.
• Immerse yourself in an international, enthousiatic and intellectually stimulating environment.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Kristin Verbeke, tel.: +32 16 33 01 50, mail: kristin.verbeke@kuleuven.be.

KU Leuven strives for an inclusive, respectful and socially safe environment. We embrace diversity among individuals and groups as an asset. Open dialogue and differences in perspective are essential for an ambitious research and educational environment. In our commitment to equal opportunity, we recognize the consequences of historical inequalities. We do not accept any form of discrimination based on, but not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ethnic or national background, skin colour, religious and philosophical diversity, neurodivergence, employment disability, health, or socioeconomic status. For questions about accessibility or support offered, we are happy to assist you at this email address.

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Postdoctoral Scientist
Oude Markt 13 Leuven, Belgium
Application deadline
2024-06-28 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-06-28 23:59 (CET)
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