Want to join NERF for your PhD, postdoc or an internship? Check our current openings or contact one of our principal investigators directly to discuss possible opportunities at NERF.


Postdoctoral program

The exponentially growing community of postdoctoral fellows at NERF has direct access to state-of-the-art-technologies and tools of NERF. As important members of the different NERF teams, postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to independently design their research program, to supervise students and to grow into an independent researcher in a nurturing environment.

There are several opportunities to obtain postdoctoral fellowships in Flanders. All of our postdocs are part of a large network of peers in different life sciences fields via VIB. In addition to ample opportunities for professional and personal skill development, the postdoc committee organizes a yearly postdoc day to which all of NERF’s postdocs are invited.


PhD Program

We host PhD students from the three different graduate programs of KU Leuven. Graduate students from other universities can apply for a visiting position in the NERF labs.

PhD students at NERF benefit from training opportunities at our different founding institutes. All students are automatically enrolled in the NERF - VIB-KU Leuven Center Brain & Disease Research PhD program and in the imec PhD program. Both tracks provide our students with a large network from their first year on and complement the scientific training at NERF with regular opportunities to present and discuss their results with colleagues.

Bachelor’s students

We host Belgian and international undergraduate students at NERF for both short-term (3 weeks) and long-term (up to 6 or 9 months) internships. Students take part in research activities in one of the NERF labs and are directly supervised by top-notch NERF scientists.

KU Leuven and imec internship programs are in place to provide undergraduate students opportunities at NERF labs. Moreover, NERF labs have direct contacts to several universities abroad.

Master’s Students

We welcome Master's students from all around the world. All are fully embedded in our NERF teams and trained in state-of-the-art methods in neuroscience, such as the design and use of high density neuroprobes, functional imaging, optogenetics…

We host Master’s students from a wide range of disciplines such as physics, biology, engineering or computer sciences.