Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Oct 23, 2021 00:00
FW03 - Department of Bio-Analysis
Limited duration
Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience Engineering or equivalent
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Do you want to apply for a multi-disciplinary & innovative project that combines both fundamental as applied science, and contributes to health promotion and disease prevention?

In the framework of the ERC Starting Grant-project HUMYCO (, a PhD-position is available for a highly motivated scientist at the Centre of Excellence in Mycotoxicology & Public Health (FW03, under supervision of Prof. dr. Marthe De Boevre. The PhD-research is part of the ERC-project HUMYCO where chronic exposure to multiple mycotoxins is hypothesized to be associated with a higher risk to develop human cancers. The PhD-trajectory comprises the identification of new mycotoxin biomarkers of exposure and effect through the investigation of in vivo large-scale epidemiological cohorts both in Europe as in Africa. A final part of the PhD-trajectory consists of the evaluation of mutational signatures amongst others with mycotoxins as causative agent in in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo settings using a poly-omic approach. The ultimate findings of the PhD-study will form the backbone of the ERC-project and the research line on clinical mycotoxicology.
We are searching for a PhD-researcher, who will reside at Ghent University (Belgium), and will join the ERC-research team of Prof. dr. Marthe De Boevre in a challenging and inspiring environment. Besides the PhD-thesis, a subscription to ‘Doctoral Schools’ is obliged: the PhD-student will obtain an additional diploma-supplement by following specialized courses, conferences among others.

Job profile

  • You have a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience Engineering or equivalent;
  • You have a strong interest in human bioanalysis;
  • You have a strong interest in molecular epidemiology with focus on cancer;
  • You have experience in data-interpretation on the abovementioned techniques;
  • You have a passion for big-data management;
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills are mandatory;
  • You want to work in a multi-disciplinary, international and intellectually challenging environment;
  • You are flexible, responsible and able to work independently as well as in team;
  • Eager to work in a team of researchers at Ghent University and international partners;
  • You are willing to take opportunities for international mobility (3 to 6 months) to broaden your international network.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter in which you specify why you are interested in the position and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate (400 words max), a full CV, a full transcript of records to date (degrees and grade list) and a list of at least 2 contact persons (with name, e-mail, address, phone number) for letters of reference to (one PDF document): Prof. dr. Marthe De Boevre, before October 24st, 2021 with email subject [PhD ERC HUMYCO – name applicant]. Top-ranked candidates will be invited for interviews.