Postdoctoral researcher

Last application date
Sep 20, 2019 23:59
LA23 - Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health
Employment category
Postdoctoral staff member group 2
Unlimited duration with clause
Holds a PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related disciplines
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Post-Doc Candidate will work in a Strategic Basic Research project (cSBO of Flanders’ Food): EffSep – Efficient separation of macroconstituents from biomass by combining unit operations based on insights in structural organization. You will work in an interdisciplinary team of research groups, during this 4year project. In the frame of circular economy and biobased thinking, an increased attention is going to valorization of food waste, preferably producing new products/derivatives of the food waste with an added value as high as possible in the valorization chain. On the other hand, to be able to fulfill current needs and trends towards the use of alternative and new biomass and their ingredients in the food, attention is going to producing food ingredients from these biomasses. Therefore, the major objective of this proposal is to obtain a clear mechanistic insight on the impact of unit operations, used for the stabilization, disruption and extraction of constituents of the biomass, on cell wall disruption and cellular organization of the biomass. In that respects, your responsibility is to follow up the interaction between and the results obtained by a team of PhD students, involved in different research groups. The final outcome of your work is to build a decision tree based on the results obtained during this 4year project. The work will be carried out at the research unit VEG-i-TEC, Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health, at Ghent University – Campus Kortrijk. Starting date is at the latest 1st of November.

Profile of the candidate

The Post-Doc Candidate

  • Holds a PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related disciplines
  • Has preferably a background in unit operations / food technology / chemical and process engineering in relation with biomass
  • Has good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset, but not prerequisite
  • Is able to interact both with academic and industrial partners
  • Is a team player and has leadership skills
  • Has an independent and well organized working style
  • Is quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents by email to - Motivation letter - CV - Names and contacts from at least 2 references - Copy of diploma’s and transcript of records All required documents need to be submitted, merged in 1 single pdf-file. Subject line in the email: Post-Doc position for EffSep-project.