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Biotechnology Jobs Belgium | PhD Position @ UGent

Biotechnology Jobs Belgium | PhD Position @ UGent: Established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands, Ghent University (Dutch: Universiteit Gent, abbreviated as UGent) is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly-formed Belgian state began to administer the university. In 1930, it became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium—French having been the academic language up to that point. In 1991, the university was granted major autonomy and changed its name from State University of Ghent (Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Gent, abbreviated as RUG) to its current designation. It is one of the larger Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The current rector is Anne De Paepe (nl).

Ghent consistently rates among the top universities not only in Belgium but also throughout the world. As of 2015, Ghent University ranks 118th globally according to Times Higher Education, 124th according to QS World University Rankings, and 71st according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Biotechnology Jobs Belgium | PhD Position @ UGent

PhD student

Last application date: Jul 15, 2016 10:20

Department: DI05 – Department of Pathology, bacteriology and poultry diseases

Contract: Limited duration

Degree: master degree in veterinary medicine, biology, biotechnology, bio-engineering science or similar

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy Type: Research staff

Job description

Doctoral research to elucidate mechanisms underpinning global amphibian declines, with focus on the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. Our research group focuses on unravelling fundamental mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, using this knowledge to design mitigation measures. For this purpose, we use in vivo and in vitro modelling of the infection, with validation in the field where possible.

Profile of the candidate

Our chytrid research group comprises 4 postdoctoral researchers and 5 PhD students. Studying as a PhD student in our group offers an opportunity for young researchers with a pronounced interest in basic research, herpetology, microbiology and biological conservation.

Our laboratory has a strong expertise both in diseases of amphibians, in microbial pathogenesis and in designing measures to control animal diseases. All tools for in-depth studies of host-pathogen interactions are available, including a recognized laboratory animal unit. The UGent doctoral schools offer extensive possibilities for specialized PhD courses.

The candidate we are looking for is has a strong motivation to conduct hypothesis driven research in herpetology and microbiology, has a strong sense of urgency and a profound drive to answer difficult research questions. He or she is able to function as part of a multidisciplinary team and is willing to conduct animal experiments if necessary (being certified to conduct animal experiments in the EU is a highly recommended). The candidate should be able to perform lab work with great accuracy. A thorough knowledge of the Dutch or English language is mandatory.
The candidate should be willing to co-attract further funding (e.g. from FWO, IWT). The candidate’s fellowship is funded initially for one year and, after positive evaluation, can be prolonged for 3 more years.

How to apply

Please send a letter of motivation in English or Dutch, CV and, preferably, a letter of support to Frank Pasmans by July 15, 2016. Applications per regular mail or per e-mail will be considered. Please refer in your application to this vacancy as “vacancy chytrid 2016”.

Prof. Dr. Frank Pasmans

Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology
Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Ghent University
Salisburylaan 133 B9820 Merelbeke
Belgium
tel. ++32/ (0)9 264 74 31
fax ++ 32/ (0)9 264 74 94
frank.pasmans@ugent.be

Biotechnology Jobs Belgium | PhD Position @ UGent

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