PhD Student - Department of Plants and Crops

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Aug 2021

Last application date Aug 16, 2021 00:00

Department LA21 - Department of Plants and Crops

Contract Limited duration

Degree MSc in Bioscience engineering, agricultural science of cell and gene biotechnology; MSc in biosciences, agricultural and horticultural science; MSc in Industrial Science, Biochemistry; MSc in biochemistry and biotechnology

Occupancy rate 100%

Vacancy type Research staff

Job description

On September 1th 2021, CROPDIVA (Climate Resilient Orphan croPs for increased DIverisity in Agriculture), an EU funded research project with 27 partners in 11 countries will start for a period of 4 years.
CROPDIVA will focus on agrobiodiversity as crucial factor for ecologically and economically sustainable agricultural and food systems. However, agrobiodiversity is a complex concept that can be defined as a vital subset of biodiversity that is the result of the interaction between the environment, genetic resources and management systems used by culturally diverse people. Therefore, CROPDIVA will reinforce agrobiodiversity in European agricultural cropping systems on different levels and along distinct geographic and socio-economic areas resulting in resilient food and feed production systems that deliver safe and healthy food and feed products as well as innovative non-food products for European consumers.
To realise the project objectives CROPDIVA will focus on (1) the cultivation and breeding of six underutilised crops: oats, triticale, hull-less barley, narrow-leafed lupin, buckwheat and faba bean in various cropping systems and (2) on the creation of new value chains based on these selected underutilised crops.
More information on the project you can find on the link:
In relation to the breeding and crop husbandry part of the project the department plants and crops of the faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGent has a vacancy for a PhD student that will do research on intercropping between legumes and cereals: perspectives for breeding and crop husbandry.

Job profile

- You have affinity with crop production and plant breeding
- You are experienced in plant genetics
- You have experience with or are able to learn data mining and statistical programming
- Proficiency in English both written and oral is required
- You can work independently but also enjoy interaction with an international team

For more information on the job you can contact Prof. Geert Haesaert ( or +

How to apply

Submit your application (including your CV) by email to prof. Geert Haesaert ( ) before August 16th 2021.

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