PhD Student

Last application date
May 01, 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 risk evaluation on mycotoxin exposure and human cancer development in both Europe as Africa, as well as identifying possible other links using the cohort-data by applying 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 hands-on experience in analyses using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and high-resolution MS;
- 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 May 1st, 2021 with email subject [PhD ERC HUMYCO – name applicant]. Top-ranked candidates will be invited for interviews.