PhD Position in Management of Intracellular Protein Aggregates in Stressed Bacteria
Catholic University of Leuven Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems

The Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M²S) of the KU Leuven is looking for a motivated pre-doctoral researcher to take part in a research program concerning the impact of intracellular protein aggregates on bacterial physiology.


Given the fundamental importance of protein quality control in cellular physiology and of proteotoxic stresses in the battle against bacterial pathogens, there is an urgent need for a more in depth understanding of the management and impact of intracellular protein aggregates. Using the Escherichia coli bacterium as a highly tractable and relevant model system for both an elementary (prokaryotic) cell and a bacterial pathogen, this project will combine advanced genetics and live cell biology approaches to address the molecular causes and phenotypical consequences of intracellular protein aggregation.


The applicant should hold a degree that formally qualifies him/her to enter the PhD program of the Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School ( An outspoken interest in microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology and analytical genetics, together with advanced command of both spoken and written English is mandatory.


Detailed employment conditions will be shared upon contact.


Applicants should submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae together with a concise letter of motivation via the online portal.

For more information please contact Prof. Abram Aertsen (

You can apply for this job no later than August 05, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: August 5, 2020
  • Tags: Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen

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