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Faculty Position - Movement Control and Motor Neuroscience

KU Leuven
Leuven, Louvain (BE)
Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
Closing date
Dec 23, 2022

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The Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Research Group, Department of Movement Sciences (Group Biomedical Sciences), KU Leuven, consists of a multidisciplinary team of international scientists adhering to an integrated behavioral and neuroscientific research strategy, focusing on experimental studies in motor control and training-induced neuroplasticity. The group has a long-standing tradition and international recognition in these areas of research. Excellent state-of-the art research infrastructure is available, including movement registration and robotics technology, integrated systems for measurement of locomotion and balance, noninvasive brain stimulation technology, high-density Electro-Encephalography and neuronavigation equipment. Access to MRI scanners is available via the Translational MRI division at the University Hospital.


We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual with expertise in the study of neural processes underlying motor behaviour (motor control and learning) in humans. To address these research questions, the candidate is expected to make use of movement registration techniques in combination with neuromodulation (TMS, tES, FUS, neurofeedback, etc.) and/or medical imaging techniques (such as MRI, EEG, etc.).



  • You hold a PhD or doctoral degree that demonstrates your expertise in a multimodal approach to study the neural basis of human motor control and learning. More specifically, this refers to expertise in the use of neuromodulation and/or medical imaging techniques. You have an excellent research record. The quality of your research should be evident from publications in prominent international peer-reviewed journals. Use of open research practices (including open data, pre-registration, replication, publication of null findings etc.) is appreciated. International research experience and contribution to large international collaborative projects or international research networks is highly appreciated. You possess superior teaching and training skills (theoretical and practical courses) in order to contribute to the quality of the educational program of the faculty. You have organizational skills and a cooperative attitude, as possibly demonstrated by indirect contributions to science (e.g., development of toolboxes or of a research community, public engagement, serving on committees, supporting colleagues, etc.). You also possess leadership capacities within a university context to supervise a research team. A good command of English is required. The educational language at KU Leuven is mostly Dutch. If required, KU Leuven will provide training that will enable you to teach in Dutch within 3 years. If your teaching assignment is only in a language other than Dutch, you are expected to master Dutch up to a level that will allow you to participate in administrative and other meetings.


We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging and multicultural environment within the movement control and neuroplasticity research group of the department of Movement Sciences at KU Leuven.

KU Leuven is a research-intensive, innovation-driven, internationally oriented university that promotes both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly focused on inter- and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research. KU Leuven aims for transparent and reproducible research. You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.


Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and contingent upon a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as associate professor.




For more information please contact Prof. dr. Dante Mantini, tel.: +3216372909, mail:, Prof. dr. Jean-Jacques Orban de Xivry, mail: or Prof. dr. Jolien Gooijers, mail:


Prof. dr. Orban de Xivry and Prof. dr. Gooijers are present at Neuroscience 2022 in San Diego.


You are invited to contact us for more information on-site.


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