Senior Group Leader & Professor in Microbiology

Senior Group Leader & Professor in Microbiology


Leuven, Belgium

About the Center

The VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology is part of the VIB life sciences institute and is embedded within the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). The aim of the Center is to combine leading basic microbiology and systems biology research with top applied research.  The current research focuses on microbes as a model to study their general biology, cellular physiology, ecology and evolution, including themes like genetic and epigenetic inheritance, cellular sensing and signaling, biofilms and the intestinal ecosystem. Apart from being a leader in basic research, the Center is also an important hub for translational research, with emphasis on the beer, wine, bakery, biofuels, and green chemicals industries, as well as human medicine (antifungals, microbiome analysis, …).

Our institute greatly values diverse standpoints and equality and promotes an inclusive research environment in which everybody, irrespective of nationality, gender, race and personal beliefs, is respected.

Job description

We are currently recruiting 1 Senior Group Leader & Professor (m/f) specialized in any microbiology-related field; including but not limited to synthetic microbiology, systems microbiology, microbiomes, microbial pathogens, virology, bacteriology, antibiotics, computational (micro)biology and applied microbiology. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a keen interest in combining basic science with tech transfer.

You will be appointed as VIB group leader and as professor at the KU Leuven, one of the oldest and most prominent universities in Europe. You will receive a yearly research endorsement and you will be supported in applying for additional research funding including ERC and other international and national grants.

Your challenge will be to set up a forefront research group in basic and applied microbiology within the newly established center, publishing in high impact journals and translating novel insights into valorization strategies that contribute to better diagnosis and treatment.


We are looking for candidates who have:

  • a PhD
  • a research plan that is forward looking and novel with the aim to make a difference
  • some years of experience as a faculty member
  • published in impactful journals showing creativity and quality
  • a track record in fund raising and grant writing
  • a collaboratively and interdisciplinary mindset
  • an ongoing ERC grant or filed ERC application is a plus but not required
  • teaching experience at an academic level is a plus but not required
  • interest in combining basic and applied research is a plus

We offer

  • a position in a stimulating, supportive and international research environment with excellent and committed peers
  • yearly research stipend of approximately €250.000
  • state-of-the-art laboratory space and access to VIB Core Facilities
  • a competitive salary
  • support in terms of finance, HR, tech transfer
  • support in applying for international and national grants (e.g ERC)
  • 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.

About Leuven

Leuven - only 20 minutes away from Brussels by train - is a vivid, international family-oriented Medieval university town with a rich history, a well-preserved historical town center and a lively multi-cultural atmosphere. It is surrounded by charming small villages, woods and nature.

Leuven is home to KU Leuven, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The related university hospital of UZ Leuven is one of the largest hospitals in Europe.

Leuven and the surroundings are a great place for young people and families to live and to raise children. There are day care centers on campus, and several schools near campus, including an international school.

How to apply?

Candidates are expected to receive a double appointment (as group leader at VIB and as research professor at KU Leuven).  Candidates are therefore requested to apply through the VIB system (above apply button) and the KU Leuven system KU Leuven jobsite

To upload to your application:

  • a list of your 5 most important achievements in the past 5 years (specific publications, patents, research, valorization or outreach initiatives, …)
  • a two-page statement of your research interests and research goals, including 2-3 main research topics for the coming 5 years.
  • full CV with list of publications
  • contact details of 3 referees

Applications are welcome until April 30th, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: VIB-VIB-17786