PhD Student

Last application date
Dec 17, 2021 00:00
GE32 - Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Limited duration
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The research group of Prof. Tom Taghon (, located in Ghent, Belgium, is looking for a talented and highly motivated PhD student to join our team. Research in our lab is focused on the functional characterization of the molecular mechanisms that control T cell development in human (Roels et al., Nature Immunology 2020; Lavaert et al., Immunity 2020; Van de Walle et al., Nature Communications 2016). Using human primary hematopoietic stem cells and thymocytes, successful candidates will apply state-of-the-art molecular and cell culture approaches to further identify and characterize the precursor cells that are responsible for the generation of T cells in human (Lavaert et al., Immunity 2020) and design protocols to generate and expand these cells for clinical applications. Techniques include single cell RNAseq, CITEseq (Park et al., Science 2020; Lavaert et al., Immunity 2020) and ATACseq (Roels et al., Nature Immunology 2020), high-end flow cytometry and cell sorting, in vitro cell cultures and organoids for hematopoietic stem cell differentiation (Dolens and Taghon, Nature Methods 2017) and in vivo xenograft mouse models. You will work together with an international group of postdocs, PhD students and technicians in the Medical Research Building2 on the Ghent University Hospital campus that provides access to cutting-edge technology and facilities, and that houses leading research groups in the field of Immunology and Genetics, thereby providing a state-of-the-art and stimulating research environment.

Job profile

  • You have strong enthusiasm for scientific research.
  • You are a highly motivated and flexible team player with the capacity to work independently.
  • You are creative, critical and have great problem-solving skills.
  • You have strong research and presentation skills, illustrated by your master thesis.
  • Candidates should have a relevant master degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, (bio)medical sciences, bio-engineer, or equivalent.
  • Expertise in bio-informatics is a strength.

How to apply

For further information or to apply (include motivation letter, curriculum vitae with study results and contact information of two potential referees), please contact : Prof. Dr. Tom Taghon (E-mail: