PhD student / Bio-informatician in computational protein modeling

The Center for Medical Genetics Antwerp is a diagnostic and research institute within the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp University Hospital, comprising over 100 scientists, of which over 40 are fulltime engaged in research.

Job Profile

You will perform research on drug/protein interaction analysis in the context of lung cancer, using computational protein modeling. You will implement existing models predicting drug efficacy, related to EGFR-driven cancer. You will translate these models to novel oncogenes, including ROS1. You will validate these models against experimental data from a parallel project, with the final goal of deployment of your methods into clinical decision making. Your work will be embedded in an international network consisting of both academic partners and ROS1-NSCLC patient organizations. 


You are (or soon will be) a master in bio-informatics. You have strong ICT skills and you are eager to fully submerge into the world of protein modeling. You have good experience with Linux and one or more programming languages as well as knowledge of tertiary structure analysis. Candidates with a Master degree in one of the life sciences (Biomedical sciences, Biochemistry, Bio-engineering, Biostatistics, …), with relevant interest and extended experience in this field are also welcome. A general background cancer biology and genetics is needed. You are willing and eligible to apply for a personal PhD fellowship with the Flemish FWO ( Therefore, it is required that you hold a master degree from a European university, and have not obtained your master diploma more than three years ago (see FWO website for detailed conditions). Proficiency in English, and good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. You are highly motivated, and you like to work in an interactive research team. You are willing to work on a 4-year PhD project starting beginning of 2020.

What we offer

We offer a one year position, as a PhD student, which can be extended up to 4 year upon positive evaluation, even if a personal fellowship application is not successful. Wages are according to the standard Flemish bursary levels for PhD students.  

You will join an enthusiastic research team, within an established and extensive international research network. In your daily work, you will work in close collaboration with the experienced bioinformatics team at the Center for Medical Genetics of the University of Antwerp.  Besides that, you will also work in collaboration with laboratory-oriented researchers and clinicians in cancer genetics.


For additional information please contact dr. Geert Vandeweyer. To apply, send a copy of your CV including details of your relevant skills and a motivation letter by e-mail to dr. Geert Vandeweyer ( before January 15, 2020.

Research group
Center for Medical Genetics Antwerp