Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Jan 25, 2024 00:00
WE14 - Department of Biomedical Molecular Biology
Limited duration
Master in Sciences: Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Biology or a related discipline
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

PhD position on the molecular mechanisms mediating skin injury repair and tumour formation

The research team of Prof. Esther Hoste has a vacancy for a highly motivated PhD student to investigate reciprocal interactions between skin-resident cell-types and their implications for injury repair and skin tumour formation.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the study of adipocyte-keratinocyte crosstalk in the skin, using mouse models of skin inflammation, wound healing and tumour formation in combination with cell-based assays. In this project, we will make use of advanced confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, mouse transgenesis, and single-nuclei and spatial transcriptomics to understand communications between different cell-types in the skin in different tissue contexts.

About the lab
The VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research aims to unravel the mechanisms of immunity and inflammation for better prevention and therapy of human chronic disease. Several high-end core facilities support and improve our research activities. For more information, please visit: The ‘Keratinocyte microenvironment’ team focusses on how keratinocytes -the epithelial cells of the skin- communicate with other skin-resident cells to mediate skin inflammation, wound healing and tumorigenesis.

We offer:

  • A 4-year PhD position
  • A multidisciplinary and highly stimulating and supporting international research environment
  • Access to state-of-the-art technologies and infrastructure
  • A multitude of training opportunities organized at Ghent University and VIB to broaden your expertise and skill-set

Job profile

  • Master in Sciences: Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Biology or a related discipline
  • Prior hands-on experience with basic molecular biology techniques
  • Highly motivated team player, able to work independently

Desirable but not required:

  • FELASA certificate level B or higher

How to apply

How to apply?
Send your full application to: Prof. Esther Hoste ( The application should consist of:

  • Your CV
  • A motivation letter expressing your interest and suitability for the position
  • A transcript of your master degree

A shortlist of applicants will be selected and invited for interviews.