PhD Student

Last application date
Jun 15, 2021 00:00
WE10 - Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Limited duration
Master in Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Phd position in the framework of the research project : Nanomotion-based life detection and antifungal susceptibility testing in microgravity conditions /
Nanomotion (PRODEX program).
In this project, a novel technique will be developed to measure nanometric scale oscillations to characterize living organisms, Using yeast as a model, the method will be used to measure nanomotions in the presence/absence of nutrients, antifungal agents, external stress (microgravity). The data obtained from nanomotion analysis (performed by partners VUB and EPFL) will be correlated to results from proteomics analysis. This position is open to a master in Biochemistry and BIotechnology to perform the proteomics experiment within this project and to develop targeted proteomics approaches for application in the study of micro-organisms. Additionally, research on cellular adhesion on surfaces and on host cells will be performed.

Job profile

Background and experience

  • Scientific researcher: A Master degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, completed before the start of the position.
  • Experience in the field of protein biochemistry and microbiology is greatly appreciated

Scientific knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of protein biochemistry and microbiology.
  • Hands on experience in microbial cultivation.
  • knowledge about proteomics approaches
  • Ability to rigorously design experiments and to perform experiments under well-controlled conditions.
  • Ability to rigorously design and perform experiments in a result-oriented and thorough manner.
  • Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis.
  • Ability to communicate through high-quality scientific channels, e.g. WoS publications (A1).

Personal knowledge and skills

  • A strong interest in inter/multi-disciplinary applied science.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds and in different research areas.
  • Excellent skills for time management and the ability to meet objectives within strictly set deadlines.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English are strictly required (C1 level).
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and precisely.
  • Willingness to perform experiments in the laboratories of project partners (VUB, EPFL)
  • Willingness to travel internationally for project meetings and conferences.
  • Willingness to apply for scholarships to obtain additional funding.

How to apply

Applications must be sent via email to as pdf or word documents, with in the subject line mentioning “NANOMOTION”. Final closing date is 15th June 2021 (23h59 CET), but applications will be regularly reviewed prior to the deadline, hence, early application is recommended.
Application files
1. Cover Letter. The cover letter should include the position reference, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity -in not more than one page- to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role, taking into account the required skills.
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas:
• Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended;
• Employment history (if applicable) in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements;
• Research fields and current interests, publications,
- List of additional skills or interests that are of value for the research topic
• The names and contact details (address, telephone, e-mail) of two referees,. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria.