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Enzymatic Carbohydrate PhD Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

Enzymatic Carbohydrate PhD Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

Enzymatic Carbohydrate PhD Position @ Ghent University | Belgium: Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe. It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective. Our 11 faculties are composed of more than 120 faculty departments. These departements offer high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research.

Enzymatic Carbohydrate PhD Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

PhD position in Enzymatic Carbohydrate Conversions

Last application date: Mar 01, 2017 14:25

Department: LA06 – Department of Biochemical and microbial technology

Contract: Limited duration

Degree: Master degree in Bioengineering Sciences, Biotechnology or equivalentOccupancy rate100%Vacancy TypeResearch staff

Job description

In the framework of a large collaborative project, we are looking for a doctoral candidate in the field of enzymatic carbohydrate conversions. The overall goal of the project is the production of healthier sugars through the development of new enzyme specificities.

Our specific tasks include

(1) recombinant expression and characterization of candidate enzymes,

(2) optimization of the most promising enzymes by semi-rational engineering, and

(3) production and isolation of the target sugars. The evaluation of new sugars in food applications will be performed by our academic and industrial partners.

You will work towards a PhD under supervision of Prof. Tom Desmet, becoming part of a team of 2 post-docs and 7 doctoral students. You will contribute to the overall success of the group, and assist in other research, teaching and administrative tasks when needed. You will disseminate your work to the scientific community by writing papers and giving presentations at relevant conferences. You will also follow the training program of the Doctoral School at Ghent University, which will support you with a broader (non-)academic training. More information about our laboratory can be found at: www.biocatalysis.ugent.be

Offer

  • Doctoral fellowship for 4 years, with a competitive salary
  • Collaboration with different partners from complementary fields
  • Young and dynamic working environment in a top-ranked university
  • Ghent is a vibrant city that attracts a lot of (international) students

Profile of the candidate

  • Master degree in Bioengineering Sciences, Biotechnology or equivalent
  • Experience with enzyme and/or carbohydrate technology is an advantage
  • A collaborative attitude with a critical and creative mindset
  • Excellent communication skills and proficient in English

How to apply

The project starts in January 2017 and a suitable candidate is to be hired as soon as possible. Please send your CV and motivation letter to the address below.

Prof. dr. Tom Desmet
mail: tom.desmet@ugent.be
tel: +32 (0)9 264 9920

 

Enzymatic Carbohydrate PhD Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

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