Doctoral scholarship holder, Proteomics and Protein Biochemistry

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Department: Department of Biology Regime Full-time

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The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Sciences is looking for a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Proteomics and Protein Biochemistry.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis.
  • The PhD project will focus on the identification and interactions of proteins in the tip-link complex, a protein complex critical for hearing, localized in the hair bundles of the auditory sensory cells, Many of the proteins involved in this complex remain unknown. By state-of-the art proteomic techniques we want to identify new previously unknown components of these complexes. For some of these newly identified components we want to carry out the biochemical characterization of the involved protein-protein interactions. For this purpose interactions will be verified between co-expressed proteins in cultured cells and the interactions between recombinant proteins will be analyzed (collaboration with the Laboratory of Medical Biochemistry (LMB)).
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will work together with experts from different laboratories at the University of Antwerp and from The Hearing Institute (Institut Pasteur, Paris)
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Centre for Proteomics and the Biology department.


  • You hold a Master degree in the Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences or you will have obtained it by the time you start to work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results and are motivated to write a grant to obtain a PhD fellowship.
  • You are good in bench work and want to gain knowledge and expertise in proteomics and protein biochemistry
  • You are goal oriented and you can work independently
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are interested in protein biochemistry
  • You have a hands-on mentality and like lab work
  • Knowledge of and Experience in cell culture, production & purification of recombinant proteins and/or Protein interaction analysis is a plus

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is negotiable.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at the Centre for Proteomics at the Groenenborger Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 07 February 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter and your academic CV
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Professor Geert Baggerman, .

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