PhD Student

Last application date
Jul 31, 2021 00:00
WE10 - Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Limited duration
Msc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology or similar degree in (molecular) life sciences.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Phd position in the framework of the research project : Enzymares (VLAIO intercluster).
In this project, a proteomics and bioinformatics toolbox will be developed for the discoveryof novel enzymes from marine micro-organisms that can be applied in food or chemical industry as green catalysts. The PhD student will be engaged in discovery (assays, chemical proteomics), (recombinant) production, purification and testing of enzymes and will work in a team with a postdoctoral fellow that will be simultaneously engaged (microbial genomics).

Job profile

Scientific researcher: A Master degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology or related, 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 and genetic engineering.
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 travel internationally for project meetings and conferences.

Being available to start the project at September 1st 2021

Holders of a PhD degree in life sciences will not be considered.

How to apply

Applications must be sent via email to as pdf or word documents, with in the subject line mentioning “ENZYMARES”. Final closing date is 31th of July 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.