PhD in in vitro gametogenesis

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 2022-12-01T00:00:00Z

Department: Department of Veterinary Sciences

Regime Full-time

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The Department of Veterinary Sciences in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of in vitro gametogenesis within the context of fertility preservation.


You will work actively on the preparation and defense of a PhD thesis in the field of fertility preservation, more specifically in vitro gametogenesis.

Artificial reproductive techniques developed until now always rely on a certain supply of own oocytes. However, these are not always available. Therefore, the production of in vitro created gametes from stem cells will provide solutions to tackle the lack of own oocytes in human and endangered species. The aim is to isolate of stem cells from ovaries and generate oocytes from those cells. To bridge the results obtained in the mouse to human, we aim to establish this technique in the pig as a large animal model. Development of this innovative technique will change the landscape of fertility preservation worldwide.

- You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.

- You will carry out a limited number of research support tasks for Veterinary physiology and biochemistry.


- You hold a Master degree in life sciences ((bio)medical, biotechnological, veterinary or pharmaceutical sciences) or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.

- You can demonstrate excellent study results.

- Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.

- You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

- Foreign applicants from outside of the European Union are asked to inform themselves about visa regulations.

Essential competencies/skills:

- experience in (stem) cell handling and culture

- experience with molecular techniques

- willingness to work with animal models and tissue

- fluent user of computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office, SPSS/Prism, Endnote,…)

- flexibility to learn new skills and develop novel approaches for analysis

- ability to work independently within a dynamic multi-disciplinary team

- team oriented personality

- self-motivation, good organization and time management

- excellent knowledge of the English language, in both oral and written communication

- uttermost attention to detail

- positive attitude towards working on a very challenging project

Desired competencies/skills:

- microdissection skills

- experience in contributing to publications/presentations (inter)nationally

- ability to generate research income and grant application experience

- knowledge of Dutch is a plus, but no requirement

- driving license

What we offer

We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of 4 years.

The planned start date is 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible after that date.

Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).

You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.

You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken, Wilrijk, Belgium in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.

Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 1 December 2022 (by midnight Brussels time):,-In-vitro-gametogenesis-within-the-context-of-fertility-preservation. 

Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your CV, a summary of your Master thesis, a weblink to a short video (2 min) introducing yourself and contact info of 1 professional referee.

The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following date: 14 December 2022 for a possible online or on campus interview (by mutual agreement).

If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Ruth Appeltant, TT research professor,

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