Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant-Pathogen Interactions and Defense-related Plant Peptides


A postdoctoral opening on Plant-Fungi Interactions (PFI) is available in the Cammue lab, more specifically in the PFI Plant Unit. The lab is renowned for its pioneering research on defense-related plant peptides including plant defensins (e.g. AtPDF1.2) and other types of stress-induced peptides (e.g. OSIP108) primarily aiming at discovering their in planta role and mode of action.  Our expertise on resistance mechanisms, mainly in Arabidopsis thaliana, allowed us to successfully use this model plant as a source of resistance traits in agronomically important pathosystems (e.g. tomato/Botrytis cinerea, corn/Cochliobolus heterostrophus, etc.).  Our research focus also includes defense mechanisms induced by biocontrol organisms, the so-called induced systemic response (ISR) both in a model plant (A. thaliana) and in crops (e.g. tomato).  We recently developed a ISR-marker platform allowing us to screen at high throughput for inducers of ISR and unravel their mode of inducing activity (e.g. via chemical genetic approaches).

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with general experience in phytopathology and plant molecular biology, able to coordinate our research in the PFI Plant Unit.  Though the latter is primarily situated at our facilities at the University of Leuven KU Leuven), it is recently associated with the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology (PSB), a world-leading plant science institute located at the heart of the renowned Plant Biotech campus in Ghent, Belgium. The candidate will be mainly located at PSB in Ghent, where she/he will coordinate the collaboration of the PFI lab with the other PSB research groups, but with regular visits/meetings at our KU Leuven facilities. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to publish highly qualitative research findings in peer-reviewed top journals, engage in existing and new collaborations within and outside VIB, and supervise PhDs and (under)graduate students, as needed.


​We are looking for a candidate:

  • with proven expertise in the specified research field (molecular phytopathology, plant molecular biology, applied bioinformatics, …) preferentially with a strong publication record in peer-reviewed international top journals
  • with strong interest in pursuing top-level fundamental research as well as in translational research aspects 
  • who is well organized and can work independently, with good social skills and able to interact with researchers from other fields
  • with excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • with a PhD in relevant disciplines and preferentially postdoctoral experience

We offer

  • an internationally competitive package and access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and services.
  • financial support, but the successful candidate is expected to have the profile and intention to further obtain an independent fellowship and/or research grants (ERC, Marie-Curie, EMBO, or National funding organizations) 
  • Start date: the position is available from October 1, 2016

How to apply?

​Motived candidates are asked to apply online. Top-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview in Ghent, Belgium.

Additional required information:

  • Please enclose a letter explaining your interest and suitability for the position.
  • Please mention the contact details of at least two references (of which one is your PhD mentor) in the application form.

Creation date:

19 August 2016




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