PhD Position in Stem Cell Biology
Catholic University of Leuven Stem Cell Institute

The Stem Cell Institute, Leuven, was founded in 2006 with the aim to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying stem cell proliferation, differentiation and de-differentiation, using different models, with as ultimate goal to translate basic insights to clinical applications. The institute is part of a broad network of research groups at KU Leuven, with excellent expertise in cell biology, genetics, transcriptomics as well as biophysical characteristics of mammalian cells as well as in model organisms. More information related to the Stem Cell Institute Leuven can be found at:


The successful candidate will be part of a team consisting of multiple PhD students and postdocs.
The candidate will work in collaboration with the group of Prof. Lluis and Prof. Verfaillie.
We aim to differentiate human pluripotent stem cells into functional liver cells and liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs) in order to finally obtain an in vitro 3D liver model. We will use RNA-seq data to screen for possible transcriptional factors and signal pathways to modulate in order to develop functional liver and endothelial cell models.


The successful candidate should
- hold a diploma or Master’s degree in cellular biology, biochemistry or bioengineering or related biomedical field, with excellent marks.
- have lab experience in molecular biology
- be structured and responsible
- contribute with enthusiasm to an ambitious and highly interdisciplinary team
- be fluent in written and spoken English.


- Full-time in-depth training in stem cell differentiation towards the obtention of a PhD degree.
- Training at the University of Leuven, of the top European Universities, providing an excellent research environment.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in local and international conferences and thus expand your scientific network.
- We offer an advantageous stipend and benefits based on the University of Leuven employment guidelines.
- Opportunity to apply for a fellowship (e.g. FWO).


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Frederic Lluis Vinas (

Your application file consist of your CV and a motivation letter with names of 2 references.

You can apply for this job no later than July 15, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: July 15, 2020
  • Tags: Ontwikkeling en Regeneratie

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