PhD Scholarship: Microbial Communities, KU Leuven, Belgium

Postdoctoral Fellow in Belgium
PhD Scholarship: Microbial Communities: The Laboratory of Microbial Systems Biology at KU Leuven’s Rega Institute invites applications for a motivated PhD candidate in gut microbial ecology. This position is part of the Marie Curie Doctoral Network, HoloGen, focusing on host-microbiota interactions through a hologenomics lens. The successful candidate will explore how local conditions and social networks shape host microbiota using advanced systems biology methods.

PhD Scholarship: Investigating the Interplay between Metacommunity Structure and the Composition of Synthetic Gut Microbial Communities

Summary Table

DesignationPhD Candidate
Research AreaGut Microbial Ecology
LocationLeuven, Belgium
EligibilityMaster’s degree in relevant field
Job DescriptionResearch on microbial community dynamics
How to ApplyOnline via KU Leuven application tool
Last Date to ApplySeptember 15, 2024


PhD Candidate

Research Area

Gut Microbial Ecology


Leuven, Belgium


  • Master’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, bioscience, (bio)chemical engineering, biotechnology, or equivalent with at least a distinction, obtained by September 2024.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Solid background in microbiology and molecular biology.
  • Passion for microbial ecology and ability to work independently.
  • Experience with anaerobic culturing techniques, flow cytometry, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, or mathematical modelling is a plus.

Job Description

The successful candidate will join the Molecular Bacteriology unit at the Rega Institute and engage in research focused on the human gut microbiome. The project involves studying the interplay between local conditions and social networks on host microbiota. The candidate will work with synthetic gut communities, using state-of-the-art anaerobic culturing equipment, and develop mathematical models to predict and explore microbiome dynamics. The research aims to mimic social networks in vitro to control local conditions, migration rates, and network structures.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply online via the KU Leuven application tool by September 15, 2024. For more information, contact Karoline Faust at

Last Date to Apply

September 15, 2024, 23:59 CET

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