Vacancy: Researcher Barista Project

(20-01-2022) Research staff - 100% - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - BW24 - Green Chemistry and Technology

  • Apply before 11/02/2022 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time)
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  • Department: BW24 - Groene Chemie en Technologie
  • Occupancy rate:100%
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Type of employment: Contract of unlimited duration
  • Term of assignment:
  • Wage scale: WM1 to WM4 (master degree)
  • Required diploma: Master


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


You perform research in the framework of the 3-year VLAIO-project ‘Generation of a knowledge platform to generate high-quality barista foams and develop future (foam) innovations’, whereby knowledge is built about the foaming properties and the influence of plant-based components, ingredient interactions and the production process for Alpro Barista products. These plant-based drinks are applied in coffee because of their foaming properties (e.g. to make cappuccino). This project is executed in close collaboration between NutriFoodChem, PaInT and Alpro, whereby your tasks are mainly situated within Ugent. Hereby, the relationship between chemical composition, physicochemical properties, production parameters and functionality will be studied. The acquired knowledge should enable the development of better products.


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering, Engineering, Chemistry or a related diploma with a strong chemical and technical basis.
  • You are strongly interested in perfoming applied scientific research
  • You have knowledge and experience with the operation of standard lab-scale analytical equipment.
  • Experience with chromatography (GC, HPLC) and protein analysis (SDS-page) is considered an asset
  • You can design result-oriented experiments and execute them in a good way.
  • You are good in data processing and critical analysis.
  • You have good communication and writing skills (in English and preferably also in Dutch)
  • You can work accurately, independently and in a team.
  • You are dynamic and take initiative
  • You preferably have a driving license B
  • Knowledge of Dutch is an asset, but due to the international context of the project no strict requirement.



Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results, …

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof. Bruno De Meulenaer (, +32 (0)9/264 61 66) or prof. Paul Van der Meeren (, +32 (0)9/264 60 03).

Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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