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PhD Scholarship at University of Ghent

A new opening PhD position in pesticides is available at University of Ghent, Belgium. The funding allows successful candidate to work for two years. This position is closed on November 01, 2019.

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated PhD student for an initial 2-year position at the SynBioC research group at the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. The position is created in the frame of an FWO funded project, BIO2BIO, that aims to generate biostimulants and biopesticides from organic waste streams. BIO2BIO will establish a screening platform compiled of a large array of in vitro, greenhouse and field bioassays that test for environmental toxicity, biostimulant and biopesticide activity, unique in its kind. The platform serves to boost discovery of new agrochemical products that are derived from agricultural waste. To augment the valorization potential, we aim to determine the active ingredients and their mechanism of action by transcriptome and metabolome analysis. The candidate will join a consortium of researchers from UGent, KULeuven, ILVO and VITO who are partner in the BIO2BIO project. In this specific PhD-project, selected bioactive extracts will be investigated in greater detail using state of the art bioactivity-guided fractionation and chemical structure analysis with the aim to identify principle ingredients at the molecular level. This will involve application of different chromatographic techniques for subfractionation and purification and various analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry and advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technologies. This research could also involve organic synthesis of these active compounds. An advisory board of industrial stakeholders and CropFit (www.ugent.be/cropfit) will help in guiding the projects towards product development and future research projects in the field of plant biostimulants and biopesticides. We can offer a funded PhD position for an initial period of two years, subject to meeting the requirements and deadlines set out by the supervisors and the doctoral school, with expected starting date January 2020.

Submit the following documents by email to Sven. Mangelinckx@UGent.

All required documents need to be submitted, merged in 1 single pdf-file. Deadline of submission is 1st of November 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, as upon selecting the right candidate, the vacancy can be closed earlier. For inquiries concerning the position or the BIO2BIO project contact Prof. Dr. ir. Sven Mangelinckx (sven.mangelinckx@ugent.be, 09/264 59 51).


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