Postdoctoral postition


The Laboratory for Protein Phosphorylation & Proteomics of the KU Leuven
Campus Gasthuisberg
Herestraat 49
B-3000 Leuven


Job Title

Postdoctoral position in Protein Kinase D in cancer cell signaling

Job Description

The Laboratory for Protein Phosphorylation & Proteomics of the KU Leuven (Belgium), headed by Prof. Johan Van Lint, has a 3-year position available for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to further our research on molecular regulation of Protein Kinase Denzymes (PKD). Over the years, our team discovered the involvement of these enzymes in a variety of cancer hallmarks (see our recent review paper in Oncogene, PMID 29259300). The successful candidate will elucidate novel upstream and downstream signaling pathways connected to these enzymes, and the involvement thereof in cancer hallmarks.


  • Initiate and develop specific research projects of the lab.
  • Work with minimal supervision using own initiative and creativity to prioritize and investigate key research questions under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.
  • Improve established protocols/techniques and implement or develop new ones.
  • Provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and other members of the lab.
  • Coordinate collaborative work within the lab and with other teams.
  • Present data at internal and external meetings.
  • Write manuscripts and help with writing grant proposals.
  • Contribute to a cohesive and nice working atmosphere in the lab.
  • Develop academic independence.


  • You hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Pharmacology or equivalent related fields, with focus on molecular mechanisms of signaling.
  • You obtained your PhD degree no longer than 3 years prior to the starting date of this position (and have no more than 3 years of postdoctoral experience). During the past 3 years, you resided no longer than 2 years in Belgium.
  • You feel comfortable with very detailed molecular and cellular protein research in the field of cellular signal transduction.
  • You are a team player with good oral and written communication skills.

Considered additional assets

  • Demonstrated skills in protein kinase and protein phosphorylation research.
  • Skills in molecular analysis of proteins (3D structure viewing and analysis).
  • Experience with high-end fluorescent microscopy analysis or imaging techniques.


  • You will be able to work in a KU Leuven team with 5 decades of experience in protein phosphorylation research, with excellentcollaborative connections to other teams within KU Leuven, the Leuven Cancer Institute, and abroad.
  • A postdoctoral scholarship for 3 years.
  • Access to top level state-of-the-art research infrastructures.
  • A stimulating, diverse and international research environment in a world-class university (KU Leuven ranking: worldwide no.47,
  • Europe no. 14, Reuters innovation index no.1).
  • Start date: as soon as possible – the position is available immediately.
  • For more info click here. You can also click through to find more information on the project

How to apply?

Please e-mail your full CV, including a list of your published papers/major accomplishments to Prof. Johan Van Lint, head of the Laboratory for Protein Phosphorylation & Proteomics, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium. Contact details Prof. dr. Johan Van Lint: tel.: +32 16 33 08 20 mail:

Application deadline

May 20, 2018 via the online application tool.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

ESMO Disclaimer

It is the Advertisers' responsibility to ensure that any material submitted for inclusion on this section of the ESMO website complies with all relevant laws and regulations (including the Data Protection Act 1998).

Individuals applying for the position above should make direct contact with the institution making the offer and are responsible to verify the validity of the offer. The European Society for Medical Oncology will not accept responsibility for any error, omission or inaccuracy in any job advertising materials on this section of the website.

Submissions from individuals seeking jobs/positions will not be accepted.

Job openings at the European Society for Medical Oncology’s headquarters are not posted on this website. For enquiries about opportunities at ESMO or to spontaneously submit your CV, you may contact the ESMO Head Office.