PhD Student

Last application date
Sep 15, 2021 00:00
GE32 - Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Limited duration
Master degree in Science: biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmacy, bio-engineering, biomedical sciences or equivalent
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The Unit for Translational Research in Oncology, headed by Prof. Steven Goossens, has a vacancy for motivated PhD student to join our international team. We offer a full-time contract of four years, available from October 2021 onwards.

The applicant should be highly motivated and passionate about research with a strong interest in drug discovery and development. It is expected that the successful candidate individually designs, implements, and evaluates experimental results. You will be responsible for designing novel tools and technologies to identify, validate and optimize small molecules compounds to target transcription factors in acute leukemia. The research will be performed as part of a multidisciplinary consortium (TaTFAL) including experts in molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, structural biology and with strong interaction with industrial partners and clinicians.

The lab has a strong expertise in genetic engineering, development of high throughput screening assays, generation of in vitro and in vivo cancer models to evaluate novel therapeutic strategies to combat aggressive subtypes of cancer. Our laboratory is fully equipped for molecular, cellular in vitro and in vivo work and we have access to all state of the art departmental and institutional core facilities including high end imaging, flow cytometry, proteomics, RNA Seq and high throughput genetic analysis, single cell analysis platforms, SPF animal facility and in vivo imaging.

The UGent/Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG: offers great career development opportunities in a collaborative and multidisciplinary working environment. The position represent a unique opportunity for developing new skills in a large array of innovative techniques in the field of translational oncology. The University of Ghent is a sustainable, family-friendly organization, which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities.

Job profile

  • Successful candidates should meet the following requirements:
  • Master degree in Science: biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmacy, bio-engineering, biomedical sciences or equivalent
  • A strong interest in translational oncology, more specifically in leukemia research
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English are strictly required (C1 level).
  • Experience in standard molecular biology laboratory techniques is an asset.
  • a team player with a strong sense of autonomy, responsibility and initiative.
  • Strong work ethics
  • Qualifications (or willing to acquire) to work with laboratory animals
  • CV and willingness to apply for a PhD fellowships with the FWO , or other.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please mail to

  1. Cover Letter. The cover letter should include the position reference, your contact address and telephone number and point out the main reasons why you should be considered for this position.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. Your CV should provide an overview of your education, employment and previous professional experience, including a list of papers published if available. It can also provide details on your research interest and any additional skills that may be useful for the position. Please include the names and contact details (address, telephone, e-mail) of two referees that are able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria.
  3. Copies of your diplomas and details of obtained grades.