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PhD student Blueshell
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Published: 26 days ago
Application deadline: Mar 23
Location: Gent, Belgium
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PhD student Blueshell
Last application date: Mar 23, 2017 23:59
Department: LA16 - Department of Industrial biological sciences
Contract: Limited duration
Degree: A recently obtained Master of Science, Master of Applied Sciences or similar level
Occupancy rate: 100%
Vacancy Type: Research staff

Job description

You will be involved in a research project - as PhD researcher- related to valorisation of marine biomass (ie shells from different marine organisms).

Your tasks involve:

  • Different processing techniques to maximallly explore the potential of valorisable products (ie classical extractions, fermentation, …).
  • Screening and characterization for a battery of different bioactivities relevant for different sectors (horticultural plant stimulant, anti-fouling, food-safety, nutritional….).
  • Valorisation and evaluation of market potential of succesful bioactive compounds.

Our offer

  • A 3yr contract at ILVO/Ghent University with internationally competitive salary.
  • The position is within the international project BlueShell (Eranet Marine Biotech), in which 5 European countries are involved.
  • Work within an international challenging project in the Blue Growth area- an area that is indicated by EU as one of the promising growth sectors.
  • Multi-disciplinary project dealing with several aspects of valorization- from source to market.

Profile of the candidate

  • A recently obtained Master of Science, Master of Applied Sciences or similar level.
  • You are willing to apply for an extra funding (supported by staff of ILVO and University Gent).
  • You are able and interested in a PhD.

We expect the following skills from the applicants:

  • Good knowledge and interest in marine biotech.
  • Interest beyond basic science ie applied research for marketable bioactive products and interest in the valorisation of your results in the industry.
  • Knowlegde of enzyme chemistry, microbiology and plant sciences, as well as of analytical chemistry.
  • Good communication skills including a very good command of the English language (written and verbal).
  • Able to work independent.
  • Working with a creative, critical and analytical mindset.
  • You are willing to apply for extra funding.

How to apply

All applications must be sent to Johan Robbens (Johan.Robbens@ilvo.vlaanderen.be) and to Katleen Raes (katleen.raes@ugent.be) no later than 23/03/2017 at 23:59 (CET), with subject of your mail ‘Application Blueshell’ with the following documents attached as one file:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • A transcript of the required degree
  • An overview of your study results
  • The name and contact data of a reference person

Based on the provided information, a selection will be made. The selected candidates will be contacted by email by 24 March and a case-study (together with a more extensive summary of the project) will be provided as a preparation for the interview which will occur at 27th March. Please block this day in your agenda.

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