Scientist/curator for coordinating and developing R&D activities and management of the collection

Last application date
Apr 28, 2017 23:59
WE11 - Department of Biology
Limited duration
Doctoral degree in Sciences: Biology, or a discipline that is declared admissible by the selection committee, or an equivalent degree
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The DCG collection is one of 7 decentralized biological resource centers integrated within the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) ( The consortium with complementary expertise offers high quality microbial and genetic resources as well as a broad-ranging service portfolio and scientific expertise for industry and academia. BCCM runs a multi-site ISO 9001 quality management system.

About Ghent University Ghent University, with its 38000 students and 8000 personnel, is one of the largest universities in Flanders (Belgium). Ghent University invests both in fundamental, high risk science as in applied research. The university is known for its scientific expertise in life sciences and medicine, materials and agricultural science, veterinary medicine, psychology and history, and many more. Our top research is built on a solid base: as a result of a bottom-up research policy young researchers are given every opportunity to grow. Thanks to the excellent performance of its entire research community, for the last ten years Ghent University has been part of the Shanghai Ranking's top 100.

Your tasks:

  • Day-to-day management of the biological material of the collection. This includes contributing to and supervising the implementation of the high standard of the collection in terms of diversity and quality of strains, their characterization and supporting resources (molecular, physiological, ecological, biotechnological)
  • Contribute to the development of a portfolio of basic/applied research within the culture collection based on external funding sources, as well as scientific services to the customer community. This involves applying for external funding and writing scientific papers based on materials from the collection
  • Support the technical staff in daily collection activities and client contacts
  • Actively participate in the day-to-day working of the overall BCCM consortium and its working groups, including regular contacts with the curators of the other BCCM collections

Profile of the candidate

  • You hold a doctoral degree in Sciences: Biology, or a discipline that is declared admissible by the selection committee, or an equivalent degree. This means that, if your doctoral degree is issued by a non-European institution, you will have to obtain a recognition of equivalence by the Flemish government before the start of the appointment (see The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment - You have already conducted high-level research within the field of the biology, biotechnology or ecology of diatoms, algae or other microorganisms as proven by scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, awards, patents,…. 
  • You have practical experience in the isolation, cultivation, characterization and/or preservation of strains
  • You have good communication skills and have a very good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • You combine being a team player with a strong sense of autonomy, responsibility and initiative

How to apply

All applications must be received no later than 28/04/2017 at 23:59 (CET) at with the following documents attached as one file:

  • application letter
  • CV
  • a transcript of the required degree
  • an overview of your relevant scientific publications

You will get a confirmation e-mail as soon as we have received your application. 

What we can offer you

We offer you a temporary contract of 6 months which will be prolonged following a positive evaluation. Your appointment will start by 01/07/2017 at the earliest.

Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale PD1. More information about this can be found on the Ghent University website.

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, ecocheques, 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 (, 09/264 8501).