PhD Student

Last application date
Nov 01, 2019 09:21
LA24 - Department of Green Chemistry and Technology
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master degree in bioscience engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry or related disciplines completed with distinction before the start date of the position
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated PhD student for an initial 2-year position at the SynBioC research group at the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. The position is created in the frame of an FWO funded project, BIO2BIO, that aims to generate biostimulants and biopesticides from organic waste streams. BIO2BIO will establish a screening platform compiled of a large array of in vitro, greenhouse and field bioassays that test for environmental toxicity, biostimulant and biopesticide activity, unique in its kind. The platform serves to boost discovery of new agrochemical products that are derived from agricultural waste. To augment the valorization potential, we aim to determine the active ingredients and their mechanism of action by transcriptome and metabolome analysis. The candidate will join a consortium of researchers from UGent, KULeuven, ILVO and VITO who are partner in the BIO2BIO project. In this specific PhD-project, selected bioactive extracts will be investigated in greater detail using state of the art bioactivity-guided fractionation and chemical structure analysis with the aim to identify principle ingredients at the molecular level. This will involve application of different chromatographic techniques for subfractionation and purification and various analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry and advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technologies. This research could also involve organic synthesis of these active compounds. An advisory board of industrial stakeholders and CropFit ( will help in guiding the projects towards product development and future research projects in the field of plant biostimulants and biopesticides. We can offer a funded PhD position for an initial period of two years, subject to meeting the requirements and deadlines set out by the supervisors and the doctoral school, with expected starting date January 2020.

Profile of the candidate

  • Master degree in bioscience engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry or related disciplines with distinction
  • Background in analytical organic chemistry, extraction, purification technologies and identification of biomolecules, or in organic synthesis and analysis
  • Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis
  • You have good computer and data management skills
  • Strong motivation for scientific research is required
  • Good knowledge of English for scientific discussions and written and oral communication
  • Willingness to work at interdisciplinary boundaries, in close collaboration with the other project members
  • Team player with a strong sense of autonomy, responsibility and hands-on mentality
  • Willingness to apply for scholarships to obtain additional funding

How to apply

Submit the following documents by email to

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Names and contacts from at least 2 references
  • Copy of diploma’s and transcripts of records

All required documents need to be submitted, merged in 1 single pdf-file. Deadline of submission is 1st of November 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, as upon selecting the right candidate, the vacancy can be closed earlier. For inquiries concerning the position or the BIO2BIO project contact Prof. Dr. ir. Sven Mangelinckx (, 09/264 59 51).