PhD Student

Uiterste inschrijvingsdatum
Sep 15, 2020 12:37
DI08 - Vakgroep Voortplanting, Verloskunde en Bedrijfsdiergeneeskunde
Type contract
Bepaalde tijd
Dierenarts, Bio-ingenieur, Biomedische wetenschappen
Vacature type
Overig academisch personeel

Job description

It is a collaborative research project (financed by the Ministry of Health) coordinated by the Unit of Infectious Animal Diseases of Sciensano (Brussels) in collaboration with the Unit of Porcine Health Management (department of reproduction, obstetrics and herd health) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Ghent University).

The general aim of the research project is to improve the control of porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) by vaccination by studying the immune responses upon vaccination. First, the management and vaccination practices against PRRS will be examined, as well as maternal immunity and its effect on immune responses following piglet vaccination. In a second part, alternative vaccination strategies will be investigated using experimental studies. Emphasis will be placed on the humoral and cell-mediated immune responses.

Profile of the candidate

  • Interest to conduct scientific research
  • Interest in pig health and production. Having experience in pig health is an asset
  • Willingness to perform a PhD
  • Willingness to contribute to the research group and the department
  • Being able to work independently but also to work well in a team
  • Being able to fluently communicate and write in English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset

Our offer:

  • A varied and challenging position as researcher
  • Research area which is very important for the pig sector, the veterinary profession and society.
  • Good guidance and supervision of the research and PhD 
  • A dynamic research team and stimulating environment offering ample opportunities for study, research, clinical training and interactions with other national and international researchers and research teams.

How to apply

Written applications should be submitted by the end of 15 September 2020. They should consist of: 

  • a letter with the motivation for the application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • copy of the diploma

They should be sent to: Prof. Dr. D. Maes, Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, E-mail: or Dr. M. Tignon, Sciensano Email: