PhD Student

Last application date
Jul 31, 2019 23:59
Department
WE11 - Department of Biology
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
You hold a Master’s degree in Sciences: Biology, Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Bioscience Engineering, or a discipline that is declared admissible by the selection committee, or an equivalent degree. You can also apply in case you will obtain this degree.
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology (Ghent University) and the VIB-UGENT Centre for Plant Systems Biology are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to study cell and life cycle regulation in diatoms. The overall aim of this project is to develop and apply molecular tools to identify and functionally characterize key regulators during life cycle transition in pennate diatoms, using well-established in-house model diatom species. The candidate will apply gene editing techniques, high-throughput sequencing, physiological experiments, high throughput imaging and bioinformatics approaches to target modulators of phase transitions during the life cycle of diatoms and study these within an evolutionary context.

Tasks:

- Gene annotation and basic bio-informatic applications, gene expression studies, testing and validating using CRISPR-CAS9 technology, culturing and physiological experiments, pheromone assay development, live imaging of cell populations using fluorescent probes

- Write scientific publications and contribute to project reporting and proposal writing.

- Supervise bachelor and MSc students during projects and practical courses related to your own research.

Profile of the candidate

You have excellent grades in your bachelor and MSc degree (i.e., you belong to the top 10% of your cohort).

You have a strong interest in molecular biology, genomics/genetics, physiology and experimental biology using cell cultures, bioinformatics, marine and/or freshwater biology.

You preferably have practical experience in one or more of the above topics.

A good knowledge of R and/or a scripting language is an asset.

You have good communication and writing skills and have an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

You are self-critical, you work with rigor and attention for detail, and you work accurately in the wet lab.

You combine being an active team player with a strong sense of autonomy and responsibility.

You are willing to apply for additional funding when eligible.

How to apply

All applications must be received no later than 31/07/2019 at 23:59 (CET) at anja.hondekyn@ugent.be mentioning ref. GOA-2019 with the following documents attached as one file:

• application letter

• curriculum vitae

• a transcript of the required degree

• names and contact details of at least two reference persons

What we can offer you?

We offer you a PhD scholarship of 1 year, during which you will also apply (when eligible, and in collaboration with your promoters) for additional scholarship funding and which can be extended with another three years after positive evaluation. Your appointment will start by 01/09/2019 at the earliest.

You will receive a PhD scholarship according to the general conditions at Ghent University. The tax free scholarship includes full social security coverage.

You will work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and international research environment.

All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as 38 days of paid leave, a wide range of training and education opportunities, bicycle commuting reimbursement, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits can be found on our website.

Attention: Late applications are not accepted. As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

More information?

For more information about this vacancy please contact Prof. Wim Vyverman (wim.vyverman@ugent.be, +32 (0) 9 264 85 01), Prof. Lieven De Veylder (lieven.deveylder@ugent.be, +32 (0) 9 331 39 61) or Prof. Klaas Vandepoele (klaas.vandepoele@ugent.be, +32 (0) 9 331 38 22).