PhD Student

Last application date
Aug 15, 2020 23:59
LA26 - Department of Data analysis and mathematical modelling
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
You obtained a master's degree in (bio)statistics, mathematics, bioscience engineering, computer science engineering or equivalent.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The BIOSTAT research group of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University has a vacancy for a PhD student to perform research in the field of statistics.

The research group is part of the Department of Data analysis and Mathematical Modelling and has a broad expertise in the theory and methods of statistical data analysis and its applications in the field of bioscience engineering ( The candidate will work in one of the topics of the BIOSTAT unit (extreme value theory, spatial statistics and sampling problems). The development of statistical methods will be considered as well as the application and validation of these methods on real world data. Additionally, the student is expected to prepare a research proposal to apply for a PhD fellowship with FWO, Flanders’ Research Foundation. The start date of the position is from 1 October 2020 onwards. The exact start date is negotiable.


  •  We offer a position for 1 year. In case of positive annual evaluations, the position can be extended up to a maximum of 4 years.
  •  An exciting research environment, working on the intersection between theory and application in the multi-disciplinary research environment of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University.
  •  A Ph.D. title in Bioscience Engineering (after approximately 4 years of successful research).
  •  The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations.

Profile of the candidate

  • You have a relevant academic master's degree ((bio)statistics, mathematics, (bioscience) engineering, computer science, or a closely related field) with excellent grades (“distinction” on average). The candidate should have a strong background in statistics and mathematics.
  •  You are interested in the theory of statistics and data analysis, as well as practical applications.
  •  You are interested in obtaining a PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering.
  •  Knowledge in scientific programming with R and/or Python is preferred but not necessarily.
  •  Highly motivated, hard working, flexible, able to face complex issues and you have an appropriate problem-solving attitude.
  •  Able to take on responsibilities, work independently but also as part of an interdisciplinary research team.
  •  You have mastered the English language, both in writing skills and oral presentations.
  •  Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Eligibility of application:

  • Candidates must be holder of a diploma at least equivalent to a master's degree that was awarded in a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
  • The master diploma, on the basis of which the application is submitted, must have been obtained not earlier than one year before the starting date of the position.
  • Candidates who obtain their diploma in the course of the academic year 2019-2020 can also apply for this position.

How to apply

Sending an email to prof. dr. Stijn Luca at before 15 August, 23:59h (Central European Time) (put „vacancy BIOSTAT“ in the email subject) providing the following documents:

  • Professional resume (CV) named as: CV_”family name”
  • Motivation letter named as: MotivationLetter_”Family name”
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) named as: Transcripts_”family name”
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of at least 1 professional referee.

We advise to submit your application as soon as possible, as a decision may be taken before the deadline.