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PhD position in Biophysics / Virology

Project Description

The Nanobiophysics lab is looking for a highly motivated student with a background in biology/bio-engineer to join the David Alsteens’ team at UCLouvain (Belgium) starting October 2019.

The project aims at understanding the molecular mechanism underlying virus entry at the single-virus level. The project proposes to develop and apply high-resolution atomic force microscopy coupled to confocal microscopy to decipher virus entry.

The candidate with background in biology or bio-engineer (or equivalent) will integrate an interdisciplinary and international team and will work in close collaboration with biologists.

Working environment:

The NanoBiophysics lab ( is an interdisciplinary and international group within the Louvain Institute of Biomolecular Science and Technology in Louvain-La-Neuve

For further details see recent publications:

"Atomic force microscopy-based characterization and design of biointerfaces", D. Alsteens, H. E. Gaub, R. Newton, M. Pfreundschuh, C. Gerber, D. J. Müller. Nat. Rev. Mat. (2017) 2, e17008
"Nanomechanical mapping of first binding steps of a virus to animal cells". D. Alsteens, R. Newton, R. Schubert, D. Martinez-Martin, M. Delguste, B. Roska, D.J. Müller. Nat. Nanotechnol. (2017) 12, 177-183.
"Combining confocal and atomic force microscopy to quantify single-virus binding to mammalian cell surfaces", R. Newton, M. Delguste, M. Koehler, A.C. Dumitru, P.R. Laskowski, D.J. Müller & D. Alsteens, Nat. Protocols (2017), 12, 2275–2292.

Applications should include: a CV, a letter describing the motivation to join our group and 1-2 letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted to Prof. David Alsteens. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be notified whether their application has been selected for further assessment and interview.

Funding Notes

The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years

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