Postdoctoral researcher

Last application date
Oct 18, 2019 23:59
Department
WE11 - Department of Biology
Employment category
Postdoctoral staff member group 3
Contract
Unlimited duration
Degree
You obtained a PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, or Veterinary Science. You have a valid FELASA B certificate, having a valid FELASA C certificate is a plus.
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The position of Post-doctoral researcher is situated in the Stress Physiology Research Group (Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences) of Ghent University located at Campus Ostend (Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Ostend). The research group focuses on neuro-endocrinological and in particular stress physiological research across vertebrates. In framework of the expansion of the Stress Physiology Research Group, there is a vacancy for Post-doctoral researcher. General Following tasks in the Stress Physiology Research Group:

  1. Scientific support of the Head of the Stress Physiology Research Group across projects
  2. Performing in-depth fundamental research in 3 research topics in the Stress Physiology Research Group
  3. Further expansion of the molecular laboratory in the Stress Physiology Research Group Taken into account the international framework in which the Stress Physiology Research Group operates, all protocols are in English and all activities are strictly regulated according to the criteria of the following international standards: 5S, ISO 17025, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.

Specific In this varied and fascinating function, you will be responsible for:

  1. Scientific support of the Head of the Stress Physiology Research Group across projects This concerns the scientific support across projects by: performing statistical data analysis, writing A1 peer reviewed scientific papers, follow up of project deliverables, scientific reporting, supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students, etc. Hereby, you also write new research proposals and obtain research grants in framework of the research topics in the Stress Physiology Research Group.
  2. Performing in-depth fundamental research in 3 research topics in the Stress Physiology Research Group You personally perform in-depth fundamental research in the following 3 research topics in the Stress Physiology Research Group: 
    1. Glucocorticoid-mediated developmental programming and early life stress; 
    2. Glucocorticoid-mediated bone (de)formation; and 
    3. Individual variation in stress response. Hereto, you set-up and perform trials with carp in the experimental facilities, perform lab analyses and, where needed, develop and validate new ones, write A1 peer reviewed scientific papers, and write new research proposals and obtain research grants.
  3. Further expansion of the molecular laboratory in the Stress Physiology Research Group Based on your strong background and expertise in molecular analysis, you develop and validate new molecular analyses (mainly gene expression) and, where needed, techniques, in framework of the (future) ‘molecular’ needs for the research topics in the Stress Physiology Research Group.

Following aspects are also part of your job: Assurance of all materials and data You contribute effectively to the overall quality of all activities in the Stress Physiology Research Group by strictly managing and maintaining the infrastructure, equipment, chemicals, etc. Hereby, all activities and generated data, ranging from assignment to reporting, are performed according to the criteria and protocols in the Stress Physiology Research Group, hereby guaranteeing the quality and full traceability of all performed activities. Planning and executing assignments Based on the assignments given by the Head of the Stress Physiology Research Group, you will plan and perform your activities according the respective protocols and prior to the set deadline, hereby reporting in time to the Head of the Stress Physiology Research Group. Additional: You will overall help with sampling across experimental trials as well as perform sample analysis in the different laboratories of the Stress Physiology Research Group.

Profile of the candidate

Diploma

  • You obtained a PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, or Veterinary Science.
  • You have a valid FELASA B certificate. Having a valid FELASA C certificate is a plus.

Experience

  • Strong background and experience in molecular analysis is a must.
  • Strong background and experience in statistical analysis is a must.
  • Experience with writing and follow up of research projects is a must.
  • Experience in writing and publishing of A1 peer reviewed papers is a must.
  • Experience with sampling and micro dissecting fish for brain, etc. is a plus.
  • Experience in working in a strictly regulated experimental and laboratory facility (BioSafetyLevel 2) is a plus.
  • Technical competencies Languages English (very well reading, writing, and speaking) is a must as all protocols are in English.
  • Dutch (reading, writing, speaking) is considered a plus but not a must.

ICT

  • Good knowledge of MS-Office (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint) and Outlook is a must.

Specific

  • Good knowledge of common techniques and analyses performed in experimental fish facilities (e.g. water quality parameters) is a must.
  • Good knowledge of veterinary follow up of fish and sampling of various tissues in fish is a plus.
  • Good knowledge of molecular as well as common lab practices and calculations (e.g. spiking, preparing buffers) as well as of statistical data processing is a must.
  • Knowledge of ISO 17025 is a plus.
  • You are willing to help the team during samplings abroad.
  • You are well aware of the specific safety risks and regulations in a BioSafetyLevel 2 facility.

Attitudes

  • You are a real team player, punctual, accurate, precise, well structured, trustworthy, that works confidentially (due to patents and new patent applications).
  • You are passionate about stress physiology and want to have a long lasting career in this scientific domain.

How to apply

Mail your Letter of Motivation and CV prior to Johan.aerts@ugent.be.

Take hereby into account that the procedure will be closed once a candidate is selected.

Additional information

contact: Prof. Dr. Johan Aerts, Head Stress Physiology Research Group, Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Ostend.

Phone 0032 (0) 59 41 77 30 or Mobile: 0032 (0) 497 22 40 92 E-mail: Johan.aerts@ugent.be.