PhD / Postdoc Position at the Bio-energy and Bio-aromatics group at PSB

Updated: 19 days ago

The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology is a world-leading plant science institute situated in the Tech Lane Campus in Ghent, Belgium, with access to the newest technology and equipment through VIB core facilities. The Bio-energy and Bio-aromatics group of Prof. Wout Boerjan is looking for a highly motivated PhD student or postdoc to join our international team composed of 24 people.


Description

The group has a major activity in the discovery and characterization of metabolites and their genetic control in Arabidopsis, maize and poplar species. More specifically, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for metabolomic analysis in the project ‘POPMET’, funded by the Europea Research Council. 

The project aims at the large-scale identification of metabolites, metabolic pathway and their genes in the model tree poplar. The project involves the implementation of cutting-edge ‘omic  techniques, including metabolome characterization using LC-MS, long-read genome sequencing, as well as gene expression profiling using RNAseq.


Your profile (PhD)

The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • Master degree in molecular plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, bio-engineering or related-field with an excellent understanding of chemistry
  • A strong interest in plant biochemistry
  • Strong work ethics
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Hands-on experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS or LC-MS)
  • An interest in programming and statistics (preferentially via R or Python)
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

Your profile (postdoc)

The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • PhD in molecular plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, bio-engineering or relatedfield
  • with an excellent understanding of chemistry
  • Strong work ethics
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Hands-on experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry of plant metabolites (GC-MS or LC-MS) and in their structural characterization
  • Hands on experience in programming and statistics (preferentially R or Python)
  • Experience in handling large data sets is a plus.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

We offer

The VIB offers great career development opportunities in a collaborative and multidisciplinary working environment. This position represents a unique opportunity for developing new skills in a large array of innovative techniques in the field of plant sciences. We offer a full time contract of four years (PhD student) or two years (postdoc) with a competitive stipend and extra benefits. The position is available from June 2021 onwards. 


How to apply?

If you are interested in this position, you can apply online. Please make sure your application includes:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation and your qualifications, as well as contact information
  • of 2 references
  • Your CV
  • A copy of your diploma, or equivalence certificate of NARIC (if you obtained your degree outside the European Union)

Applications will be accepted until the vacancy has been filled. For more information about this position,
please contact Prof. Wout Boerjan, group leader (wout.boerjan@psb.vib-ugent.be).


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