PhD student in the Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health and the Department of Plants and Crops

Last application date
Jan 31, 2018 23:59
Limited duration
A recently obtained Master of Science (e.g. bio-engineer; biochemistry, food technology) or equivalent is required.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

You will be involved in a 4-years research project related to the valorization of plant-based by-products. In this PhD-research you will release bioactive compounds (eg phenolic compounds) from the matrix using enzymatic and/or fermentative pretreatments. The obtained extracts needs to be characterized based on the phenolic compounds present. Furthermore, the extracts will be tested towards their bio-activity potential e.g. ACE-inhibitory activity, anti-obesitiy activity, using both in vitro and in vivo systems. Results of this PhD-study can lead to development of new bio-active extracts, which could be applied to develop functional foods.

Profile of the candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious PhD-candidate with a strong interest in food science, microbiology and bio-activity testing. The candidate has the following competences:

  • Good communication skills including a very good command of the English language (written and verbal).
  • Able to work independent.
  • Working with a creative, critical and analytical mindset.
  • Flexible, and willing to work in different laboratories.
  • Strong research skillg
  • Strong motivation to obtain a PhD-degree.

How to apply

All applications must be send to Prof. John Van Camp () AND Prof. Katleen Raes () AND Prof. Guy Smagghe () no later than 31/01/2018 at 23:59 (CET), with the following documents attached as one file:

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • a transcript of the required degree
  • an overview of your study results