PhD Student

Last application date
Feb 14, 2020 23:59
LA22 - Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master of Science degree in Bioscience Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, or equivalent
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

A consortium of three Laboratories (Laboratory for Animal Nutrition and Animal Product Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering; Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering; Laboratory for Chemical Analysis, Faculty of Veterinary Science) is seeking an enthusiastic PhD student to work on a 4-year FWO project (Meat and health: the role of sulfur-containing amino acids in the large intestine). The larger scope of the project is on the fate of meat and meat products in the digestive tract and the subsequent health implications. More specifically, present proposal will investigate the influence of different meat characteristics (e.g. protein oxidative stability and digestibility) in interaction with other dietary compounds, on the intestinal microbial composition and on the formation of sulfur-containing compounds, oxidative stress parameters, inflammation, and intestinal DNA adducts.

The candidate will be embedded in and supported by a young and interdisciplinary research team. The candidate will be based in the Laboratory for Animal Nutrition and Animal Product Quality, and will collaborate with the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology and the Laboratory for Chemical Analysis. The position is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for initially 1 year, yearly renewable after positive evaluation up to 4 years. A market-compliant salary including benefits is offered. Ghent University is an equal opportunity employer.

Profile of the candidate

Suitable candidates will have

- a Master of Science degree in Bioscience Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, or equivalent; completed before the start date of the position with very good grades.

- strong interest in inter-/multidisciplinary research, and in the topic in particular, to pursue a PhD.

- experience with food and nutrition biochemistry and analytics.

- effective interpersonal skills to work with team members from different backgrounds; good time and project management skills; good oral communication and scientific writing skills in English.

Having a Laboratory Animal Sciences Certificate (FELASA C) is beneficial.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an application no later than 14 February 2020 by email to Stefaan De Smet ( as pdf or word documents. For further information about the vacancy, you can contact
The application should contain 1/ a motivation letter to introduce yourself and to highlight the key points you should be considered for the position; 2/ a curriculum vitae including educational qualifications, employment history if applicable, research fields and current interests, publications, and the names and contact details of three referees. The research team will consider all applications and shortlist candidates to attend an interview. The unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly. The intended starting date is 1st of April, or earlier if possible.