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PhD Scholarship at University of Ghent

University of Ghent is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in polymers. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2019.

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Please contact sandra.vanvlierberghe@ugent.be in case of interest (before 15th of February 2019)


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