Within the research group of Dr. Julie Bakker at the GIGA Neurosciences, University of Liège, a position is available for a
Post-doctoral fellow (m/f)
Full-time (38 hours/week)
Description of the project
The overall aim of the project is to unravel the role of gonadal hormones and genetic factors in the sexual differentiation of the brain. The position will involve the measurement of brain activity and structure in male and female patients with disorders of sex development as well as control men and women using structural and functional MRI. For more on our research, see Burke et al (2014), Front Endocrinol28, 5: 60; Staphorsius et al (2015), Psychoneuroendocrinology56, 190-9; Van Hemmen et al (2016), Cerebral Cortex26, 1036-45; Van Hemmen et al (2017), Cerebral Cortex27, 2994-3001.
The position is temporary for a period of 3 years (one year contract renewable)
Description work environment
Dr. Julie Bakker is a research director of the FNRS and currently head of the GIGA Neurosciences and of the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Liège in Belgium.
Her main research objective is to elucidate the genetic and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying the sexual differentiation of the brain. She uses transgenic mouse models for mechanistic studies on how gonadal hormones affect brain development as well as neuroimaging (functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and post mortem analyses of patients with Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) or suffering from gender dysphoria (GD) to translate and validate findings obtained in animal models.
The GIGA is a major centre for research and development in biotechnology and is one of a very few centers in Europe that have excelled at integrating academic research, collaborations with companies, technology transfer and training facilities. The GIGA Neurosciences unit (consisting of around 80 members) aims at carrying out top-level research on development, normal functions, and disorders of the nervous system. The MRI acquisitions will take place at the Cyclotron Research Center (CRC), which has now become a new research unit within the GIGA (GIGA-CRC in vivo imaging).
We are looking for an excellent, motivated post-doctoral fellow with a strong background in neuroimaging research. The candidate is expected to have an interest in behavioral neuroscience and neuroendocrinology, and preferably has a background in this type of research. Proficiency in all stages of MRI research, including the study design, acquisition, processing and analysis of imaging data is required. The candidate should not have been living or working in Belgium before to be eligible for the fellowship since it is meant to promote international research mobility. Furthermore, the candidate should not have obtained his/her PhD for over more than 6 years, since it is a junior postdoc position
Additional Salary Information: salary and benefits will be according to the Belgian law and will depend on work experience