Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of preclinical neuroimaging


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The Bio-Imaging Lab, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of preclinical neuroimaging

The core R&D activity of the Bio-Imaging lab is experimental high resolution neuroMRI focusing on neurodegeneration, neuromodulation and neuroplasticity. The research is performed on rat and mouse models for different human neuropathologies and on songbirds as a model for neuroplasticity and learning. We have two 7Tesla 16 cm and one 9.4Tesla 20 cm horizontal bore in-vivo MRI scanners and a cryocoil from Bruker (Germany) and a desktop 4.7Tesla from MRSolutions (UK)).

Our group has access to micro PET/SPECT/CT and BLI and advanced image processing through other UA research teams with whom we are clustered into a large UA imaging consortium EGAMI (Expert Group Antwerp Molecular Imaging).


  • You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in Biomedical Sciences.
    The focus of the project is to develop an Improved classification of Alzheimer’s disease assessed from the slowly propagating waves of BOLD intensity, the Quasi-Periodic patterns, observed in dynamic resting-state fMRI in an AD rat model at rest and upon sensory stimulation.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Bio-Imaging Lab.


  • You hold a master degree in neuroscience, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biomedical engineering or related fields, or you will obtain the master degree at the latest at the time of appointment.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have a FELASA C attest or willing to obtain one.
  • Preferably, you have experience with (small animal) in-vivo Neuro MRI.
  • You are fluent in English and have strong communication skills.
  • Experience in one or more of: imaging, mathematics, computational neuroscience, programming (e.g., Matlab/Python/C/…) will be considered as a bonus. 

What we offer

  • a doctoral position for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a further three-year period after positive evaluation;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment;
  • the start date is as soon as possible.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform until August 16th, 2020. Click on the ‘Apply’ button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Marleen Verhoye, Tel: +32 (0)3 265 27 86,,

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