Junior post-doc position (NeuroBiota Lab, Portugal).


NeuroBiota Lab runs interdisciplinary approaches and therefore welcome applications from different backgrounds. The lab is part of the Gulbenkian Science Institute (a well-known Portuguese interdisciplinary institute).

Duration: The fellowship duration according to the IGC Research Fellowship Regulation approved by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP (FCT) is 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of 3 years. The fellowship contract is expected to start by February 2024, under the exclusiveness regime as required by Research Fellowship Regulation of FCT.

Subject of Activities: The Neuronal Responses to Bacterial Signals group is looking for a motivated junior postdoc to join one of the projects we developed to better understand the mechanism behind the communication between gut microbiota derived compounds and brain neurons, focusing on direct interactions and the external factors that can impact this communication known as the microbota-gut-brain axis. We use mouse models and tools from different disciplines, such as stereotaxic injections and 3D imaging, to be able to disentangle the many factors involved in this gut-brain crosstalk. The projects currently available in the lab come from follow up questions from the post-doc work (Gabanyi et al., Science 2022) and evolve around 3 axis: 1) Sex and age aspects; 2) Gut-Brain trafficking and 3) New bacterial compounds. This is a unique opportunity to join a starting group with lots of energy and different projects still available. Our goal is to create an inclusive, supportive, and motivating science environment where input from different expertise and background are welcome.


  • First stage researcher.
  • A PhD in life sciences.
  • Experience in neuroscience microbiology, immunology or biochemistry is desired but not necessary.
  • Having worked with rodents is a valuable tool for the candidate.
  • The candidates must be able to work in a team as well as independently and most of all be motivated to understand gut-brain axis mechanisms.
  • Applicants MUST supply a CV with at least 2 contacts for references and a cover letter explaining why they are interested in our laboratory and which strengths scientifically and personally they can bring to help expand their area of interest in our laboratory (please state which of the 3 axis of the lab you are most interested in). According to point 3 of article 3º of the IGC Research Fellowship Regulation, the doctoral degree must have been obtained in the three years prior to the date of submission of the fellowship application.

When and how to apply?

Application deadline: 12 Jan 2024 – 23:35 (Europe/Lisbon).

Interested candidates should send their applications to igcpositions@igc.gulbenkian.pt in a single PDF file, named “Applicant Name_ BI_PD_Neurobiota” containing: i) Motivation Letter (1 page max); ii) Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max).

After a pre-analysis of applications, selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Contact and links

Junior post-doc position: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/177208

To see all open positions in the Gullbenkian Science Institute (Post-Doctoral Research fellowship): https://gulbenkian.pt/ciencia/homepage/igc/jobs/

For more information and contacts: https://gulbenkian.pt/ciencia/research-groups/neuronal-responses-to-bacterial-signals/