PhD Student

Last application date
Sep 15, 2023 00:00
GE35 - Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Limited duration
Master’s degree of Medicine in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical sciences or equivalent
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The Lung Research Lab of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Ghent University Hospital is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join the team. The candidate will perform translational research into the pathogenesis of asthma. This is a chronic inflammatory airway disease that affects around 334 million individuals worldwide and that has a significant economic burden. Within the framework of an FWO funded project, the PhD student will unravel the importance of cell adhesion molecules in severe asthma by combining analyses on human samples with mechanistic studies in a mouse asthma model.

- Biomedical research (coordinating and performing) in preparation of a PhD thesis
- Write, present and publish scientific research work in English to obtain the requirements for a PhD thesis
- Contribute to the daily activities of the research group

Our lab offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary academic research environment with close interaction between clinicians and basic scientists and with international collaborations. Research stays abroad and attendances at international conferences are encouraged. The candidate will follow a PhD trajectory at Ghent University, which offers ample opportunities for education and training through the doctoral schools program.

Job profile

- Master’s degree (or graduation in 2023) of Medicine in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical sciences or Veterinary sciences.
- For certificates of qualification obtained outside the European Union, a recognition of foreign qualification has to be obtained from NARIC ( at the moment of employment.
- You have a strong interest in biomedical research and are prepared to acquire new techniques
- You take initiative, have a critical mindset and you strive to work independently
- You are highly motivated and are flexible team player
- You have excellent oral and written communication skills and have a good knowledge of English.
- You work in an organized manner with good reporting skills
- You have (or are willing to obtain) a FELASA C certificate to work with laboratory animals
- Experience with statistical analysis software (e.g. R) is a plus

We offer a position for a duration of 4 years (1 + 3)

How to apply

Send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae with detailed study results (per year) to Prof. Dr. Tania Maes (Email:
Please also include extracurricular activities and the contact information of two references.