12/04/2021

PhD on the epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Medical sciencesMedicine
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    30/06/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    To be defined
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2021-275

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Our laboratory is responsible for the national surveillance of Streptococcus pneumoniae causing invasive disease in Belgium. This surveillance is of utmost importance to guide the national vaccination strategy. To improve our understanding of the evolving epidemiology of pneumococcal disease, whole genome sequencing (WGS) of pneumococcal strains was recently set up. We plan to further optimise this technique for strain characterisation. We aim to explore difference between strains isolated during different time periods, from different sites and make teh comparsion with strains isolated in other countries. We further aim to explore the added value of WGS to the conventional diagnostic techniques we use. 

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Benefits

full-time 4-year contract 

enrolment at one of the top universities in Europe 

exciting research environment

competitive salary 

 

Eligibility criteria

The candidate should have a solid background in microbiology and molecular biology, enjoy both wet lab and data-analysis work, be able to work independently and be passionate about bacterial genomics. While programming is not part of this PhD, interest of the candidate in bioinformatics is an asset. Basic skills in bacterial culture techniques, next generation sequencing wet lab and the analysis of pathogen genomes is a plus. An interest in the epidemiology and diagnosis of human diseases is also important. Applicants should have a master's degree with at least distinction in medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, molecular biology, biotechnology or equivalent. If the candidate does not speak Dutch, a proof of proficiency in English is a requirement (https://www.kuleuven.be/english/admissions/lang).

Selection process

For more information, please contact Stefanie Desmet (stefanie.desmet@uzleuven.be)Please submit a cover letter, a CV including obtained degrees and a list with at least tow referees (name, function, email address and phone number) through the online application tool. 
You can apply for this job no later than 30/06/2021 via the online application tool

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Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven
Belgium
Leuven
3000

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