PhD Student

Last application date
Jul 30, 2020 09:03
WE09 - Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
You hold a Master degree in Bioinformatics, Informatics, Physics, Biochemistry, Engineering, Bioscience engineering, or an equivalent degree.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

PhD fellowship in microbial systems genetics

IDLab/IMEC Ghent University has an open PhD position in the domain of microbial systems genetics. This PhD envisages a dual degree between the KU Leuven and UGent. The goal of the PhD research is to develop and apply graph-based methods to study adaptive evolution of microbial communities. Hereto innovative methods need to be developed that integrate genomic information with molecular profiling (metatransciptomics) data. The research will be performed in close collaboration with microbial ecologists and microbial molecular biologists at the KU Leuven.

Applications involve studying the role of microbial communities in acquiring microbial antibiotic resistance or pesticide degradation.

Profile of the candidate

A candidate should show

  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Interest/knowledge of computer science and/or machine learning and /or bioinformatics and/or mathematical modeling
  • Interest in biology or molecular biology
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, R and/or C++ as well as Linux systems.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

The student will be located in the group headed by K. Marchal located at the engineering faculty of Ghent University (IDLab/IMEC). The group’s research focus is on bioinformatics method development. The group is specialized in combining computerscience with biological principles (, This PhD research will involve a close collaboration with Prof. D. Springael and Prof. H. Steenackers at the KU Leuven (copromoters) and envisages a dual PhD degree in Ghent University and KU Leuven.

How to apply

To apply, forward a copy of your CV, a motivation letter and contact information for two references, to the following email address . Students that show interest in starting in the academic year 2021 can also apply.