PhD Student

Last application date
Sep 10, 2019 17:37
LA25 - Department of Biotechnology
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master of Science degree in Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related disciplines
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The PhD Candidate will work in a Strategic Basic Research project (cSBO of Flanders’ Food): “EffSep – Efficient separation of macroconstituents from biomass by combining unit operations based on insights in structural organization”. You will work in an interdisciplinary team of research groups, during this 4-year project. In the frame of circular economy and biobased thinking, an increased attention is going to valorization of food waste, preferably producing new products/derivatives of the food waste with an added value as high as possible in the valorization chain. On the other hand, to be able to fulfill current needs and trends towards the use of alternative and new biomass and their ingredients in the food, attention is going to producing food ingredients from these biomasses. This biomass is highly susceptible towards deterioration, and therefore stabilization techniques are needed, not hampering later extraction technologies or affecting the (technological/functional) quality of the extracted macroconstituents. Your research work will focus on the use of microscopy-based techniques (confocal fluorescence microscopy, cryo-SEM, AFM, Raman microscopy) to study different biomolecules (proteins, polysaccharides, lipids), and will focus on the structural organization of the macroconstituents in from plant- and microbial-based biomass. The work will be carried out as part of a collaborative project between the Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health, at Ghent University. Starting date is 1st of November at the latest.

Profile of the candidate

The PhD Candidate

• Holds a Master of Science degree in Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related disciplines

• Has a background in biochemistry and/or food chemistry.

• Has excellent communication skills and proficient in English

• Is highly motivated and team-oriented • Has a specific interest in microscopy

• Is a team player with a strong sense of autonomy and responsibility

• Has strong analytical problem-solving skills (creative, critical and open-minded)

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents by email to

• Motivation letter

• CV

• Names of 2 reference contacts

• Copy of diploma’s and transcript of records

All required documents need to be submitted by Email, merged in 1 single pdf-file. After the first screening, suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.