Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Jan 20, 2022 00:00
LA25 - Department of Biotechnology
Limited duration
Master degree in Bioscience Engineering, Biochemistry or (Microbial) Biotechnology from one of the countries of the EU, the EER or Switzerland
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The BioPort group from Ghent University is currently looking for a talented PhD-student, to be hired on a project running for 4 years

Job description
BioPort is a young and dynamic research group composed of 6 researchers at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Centre for Synthetic Biology of Ghent University focussing on several aspects of Industrial Biotechnology and SynBio. We work on several fundamental and applied topics of microbial transport systems to promote compound membrane crossing, and production of hydrophobic compounds, all in a synthetic biology context (check our website at and You will be hired on the MOONSHOT project “Waste Oil to long-chain DiCarboxylic Acids (WODCA)” where you will take the lead in the strain development and collaborate with Flemish partners who take care of substrate characterisation and pretreatment, the fermentation optimization and advanced downstream processing.
The overall goal of WODCA is to create new, sustainable, fair-cost long-chain dicarboxylic acid (LCDA) fractions or monomers from lipid waste relevant to specific industrial applications. For this we will use a novel and adapted non-pathogenic yeasts in an optimized fermentation process relying on used cooking oils, followed by an innovative membrane-based purification to deliver LCDAs of high purity appropriate for several applications of interest to Flemish companies.

Start: 01/03/2022 or later

Job profile

  • You have a master degree in Bioscience Engineering, Biochemistry or (microbial) biotechnology from one of the countries of the EU, the EER or Switzerland
  • Experience with molecular biology and microbiology is essential
  • Experience with industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology or biochemistry is a plus
  • Being fluent in English is essential, knowledge of Dutch is a plus
  • You proved to have scientific maturity and independence
  • You are creative, can think out of the box and have a pioneering spirit
  • You can deal with strict deadlines and project follow-up by different stakeholders
  • You can smoothly collaborate and communicate with people working on other disciplines.

How to apply

If you are an eligible candidate, are enthusiastic about this subject and are interested in joining our BioPort team, please send your motivation letter and CV (including study results, thesis research topic, contact information of possible referee persons and a recent picture of yourself) to Prof. Dr. ir. Inge Van Bogaert ( by January 20th, 2022 the latest. Please use the reference Application_WODCA_PhD. Note that non-eligible candidates will not get a reply.