KU Leuven

Research professor in nutrition and metabolic diseases (bofzap)

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

The Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing (CHROMETA) is recruiting an outstanding basic scientist to advance understanding of metabolic diseases in close collaboration with clinical researchers in order to boost translational research of the Metabolic Diseases Research Unit.
Our group harbors several labs with excellent track records in metabolic research including fundamental research in bone diseases, type 1 diabetes, hepatology and bariatric surgery in animal models as well as clinical research in nutrition, obesity management, gastroenterology, andrology, geriatrics, and pulmonary diseases. Several of those groups focus on trans‐nutritional care and a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying metabolic changes.

To excel in the rapidly evolving and highly competitive field of metabolic diseases, it will be essential to use an integrative approach in the future, as mechanisms and therapeutic effects will have to be studied in various organs (adipose tissue, liver, gut, pancreas, but also muscle, brain, microbiome, immune system etc) at the same time. This approach requires substantial expertise in the nutrition and metabolic field, combined with innovative concepts. The availability of highly specialized equipment in our department (including metabolic and calorimetric rodent facilities, rodent model of bariatric surgery) and neighboring Core facilities (rodent imaging, genomics, metabolomics, microbiome, LC-MS/MS) as well as the proximity of an academic hospital with more than 700 000 out-patients visits each year provide excellent opportunities for metabolic research. Therefore, we wish to expand our group with an expert in the metabolic field, to advance fundamental and translational metabolic research and elaborate collaborations within and outside the CHROMETA department.

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  • You develop a research program at an international level in the broad field of metabolic diseases and nutrition, with a focus of your choice (e.g. obesity, gut-brain axis, NASH, but also cachexia and sarcopenia).
  • You strengthen existing research lines and provide complementary expertise, by working together closely with the members of the research unit.
  • You set up collaborations within and outside of the department. You initiate and collaborate in national and international partnerships of the research group.
  • You are capable of acquiring competitive funding.
  • You strive for excellence and publish at the highest scientific level.
  • You supervise master students, PhDs and postdocs at an international level.


  • You will participate in education within the area of nutrition and metabolic diseases, with a clear commitment for the quality of the academic programs in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine.
  • You will also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty through the supervision of master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.
    Your teaching will be in accordance with the KU Leuven’s vision on activating and research-based education.


  • You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services that will contribute to the reputation of the entire university.
  • You have a PhD in biomedical sciences, biology, biochemistry or a related field, and you have at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience in the field of metabolic diseases and nutrition. You have extensive experience with animal models as well as cell biology assays. Experience with genomics or metabolomics approaches is preferred.
  • You have a strong track record, proven by publications in prominent journals and through international research experience.
  • You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
  • You possess organizational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
  • The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch resp. English to the required standard.


We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.

You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.


For more information please contact prof. Séverine Vermeire, Academic contact person and chair of the department Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing (severine.vermeire@kuleuven.be , tel. +32 16 37 74 71)

For more information on guidelines and application procedure please contact Mrs. Kristin Vermeylen (kristin.vermeylen@kuleuven.be , tel. +32 16 32 09 07) or Mrs. Christelle Maeyaert (christelle.maeyaert@kuleuven.be , tel. +32 16 31 41 94).

More detailed information is available on following website

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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