Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)

Postdoc Researcher in Study of Neuronal Basis in Motor Control

Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)

Leuven, Belgium

The Takeoka lab studies how animals generate and control motor behavior in
health and disease, using a multi-disciplinary approach including detailed motor
kinematic assessments, mouse genetics, optogenetic, pharmacogenetic,
electrophysiological, and imaging techniques. The lab investigates how different
types of sensory feedback circuits control repetitive and complex motor
behavior, with a primary focus on somatosensory and visual feedback. Our aims
are to understand:

  • How motor circuits develop to build functional modules at different levels
    (cortex, brainstem and spinal cord) and how motor learning shapes these
  • How the canonical organization of motor circuits changes after traumatic
    injury and neurological diseases to compensate for and contribute to motor


  • We are currently looking for a post-doctoral researcher with a strong drive
    to succeed, a positive attitude and a background in at least one of the
    disciplines of Neuroscience (physiology, molecular or engineering). 
  • Computational background is a big plus. 
  • The candidate should also be a team player with good communication
  • In addition to scientific excellence and integrity, we value mentorship,
    collaboration, innovation and above all, a strong passion over the subject of
    motor control.


Post-doctoral applicants are expected to start any time after September 1st
2018 for 2-4 years of training. Trainees in the lab will be closely supervised
to have at least one first-author publication in a highly regarded international
journal by the end of the training.

How to apply?


  • a list of three references with emails and phone numbers
  • a cover letter describing your past and future projects and career goals, as
    well as what you hope to get out of the Takeoka Lab

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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