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PhD in cell biology, microscopy and protein trafficking (M/F/D) full time

University faculty : Sciences
Department : Department of Biology
Contract : fixed term contract
Category : scientific personnel
Allocation : External funds


In URBC, NARILIS, Dept of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, we offer a PhD in cell biology and protein trafficking. Your responsibilities will include aspects of :

  • Fixed and live cell microscopy assays ;
  • Mammalian cell biology ;
  • Protein trafficking assays ;
  • Biochemistry (incl. Western blots, co-immunoprecipitation) ;
  • Mass spectrometry ;
  • Presenting your results at local, national and international meetings ;
  • Written communication, including reports and the PhD thesis.



You are required to hold a masters degree (or equivalent) in biomedical sciences, biology or a similar field.


As this is a PhD position, no previous lab experience is essential, but it is helpful.

Knowledge required

You should have a keen interest in learning and self-improvement regarding scientific techniques and soft skills.

You will learn to perform techniques in mammalian cell biology to a robust and high standard, including microscopy, image quantification, and protein trafficking assays.

Motivation to build a creative and robust research project is essential!

  • High capacity to learn a wide variety of practical and soft skills ;
  • Self motivated, able to work alone and in a team ;
  • Good level of English, and enthusiasm to improve.

Additional information

For all questions concerning the position, please contact Alison Forrester (alison.forrester@unamur.be).

Contract : 36 months

Starting date : Open to discussion


The beneficiary of a doctoral scholarship is subject to social security for workers employees :

  • if they are Belgian or a national of a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of a State with which Belgium has concluded a social security agreement, its subjection is complete ;
  • if they are a national of another State, this liability is limited to the regimes of compulsory health and invalidity insurance and family allowances.

The PhD scholarship is exempt of taxes.

For the scholarship to take place:

  • the doctoral student must be registered in the UNamur doctoral program ;
  • the Human Resources Service must have received the favorable opinion of the UNamur doctoral commission.

The scales applied at the University of Namur can be viewed on our website: https://www.unamur.be/universite/jobs/baremes

Selection modalities

  • Review of CVs,
  • Interview by the selection committee.

How to apply ?

To apply please provide your CV, contact details for a minimum of 2 referees, and a 2 page letter stating your motivation and research experience and interests. Please send these applications to alison.forrester@unamur.be by the 3rd April 2023 at the latest.

Our human resources management policy is based on respect for equal rights and equal treatment for all. This diversity is also articulated around different axes: gender, disability, origin, beliefs, age, sexual orientation, etc. The University of Namur is also a signatory of the diversity charter.