In silico exploration of microbial community dynamics

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Herestraat 49
3000 Leuven

Faust Karoline
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The Lab of Microbial Systems Biology ( is looking for a motivated postdoc with a passion for microbial community dynamics. The young lab, started in 2016, is part of the Molecular Bacteriology unit at the Rega Institute and aims at improving our understanding of microbial community structure and dynamics. The postdoc position is funded through an ERC starting grant.

Microorganisms interact with one another and with the environment, thereby forming complex systems. While a number of mathematical models have been proposed to describe, analyze and predict microbial community dynamics, their application to microbial communities in vitro and in vivo is in its infancy. The Lab of Microbial Systems Biology strives to address this knowledge gap. Thus, the postdoc will focus on model-informed analysis of microbial sequencing data (time series in particular) and/or model development for synthetic communities, working with data generated in-house and/or in collaborations.

The candidate should hold a doctoral degree in an area related to Systems Biology, Theoretical Biology or Bioinformatics and should have strong programming skills. The candidate should also have some background knowledge or at least a strong interest in theoretical ecology. Proficiency in English is necessary, experience with population models is a plus.

• full-time 3-year contract with the possibility of an extension
• enrolment at one of the top universities in Europe
• exciting research environment
• competitive salary

Please send a cover letter, a CV (including publication record) and a list with at least two references (with name, function, email, address and phone number) to Prof. Faust ( The starting date is ideally in early 2020 but can be discussed.

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