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Hasselt University PhD Studentship in Neurobiology 2011

Published on Apr 09 2011 // PhD, Scholarships in Belgium, Western Europe

Research at the Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED, Hasselt University) focuses on disease and repair mechanisms in neurological diseases and the development of new therapeutics for these disorders. In this project, we will characterize neural cell phenotypes in the acute-chronic switch of animal models of neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and temporal lobe epilepsy. Thereby, we intend: i) to find out common and disease-specific markers of neural cell phenotypes that can help differentiating between the different stages of the brain diseases, ii) to better understand the role of these different phenotypes in the pathophysiology of these affections. This project may therefore lead to more effective therapies for different brain disorders. The project includes a wide variety of neurobiological and immunological techniques such as cell and brain slice cultures, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, cell imaging and cell electrophysiology.

PhD student Neurobiology
(mandate 101/32/112)



  • Applicants should have excellent communication skills and sufficient knowledge of Dutch and/or English. The candidate is highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Laboratory research experience with experimental animal model systems is a definite plus (e.g. during the Master’s dissertation).


  • Master degree in life sciences e.g. medical sciences, biomedical sciences, bioengineering, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology
  • Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.

Appointment for a period of 2 x 2 years (with evaluation after 2 years).

Further information

  • Content job responsibilities: Prof. dr. Jean-Michel RIGO, +32-11-26 9236,
  • Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Yves Soen, 011-26 80 85,


Applicants must use the official application forms. Please add a copy of your diploma, a list of courses and your results per course. Without these we cannot evaluate your application.

can be downloaded here: and sent by e-mail to:

or are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan – building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 – 11 – 26 80 10

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than May 4th 2011.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address:


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