PhD Student

Updated: 26 days ago
Deadline: 05 Nov 2021

Job description

BioPort is a young and dynamic research group composed of 6 researchers at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Centre for Synthetic Biology of Ghent University focussing on the emerging research line of extracellular transport over biological membranes related to Industrial Biotechnology and SynBio. We work on several fundamental and applied aspects of microbial transport systems to promote compound membrane crossing in a synthetic biology context (check our website at and ). You will be hired on a project named “Improving Channels Proteins for Microbial Cell Factories” with a focus on aquaporins, their engineering and/or mining and high throughput methods linked to application in industrial microorganisms.

Job profile
  • You have a master degree in Bioscience Engineering, Biochemistry or Biomedical Engineering from one of the countries of the EU, the EER or Switzerland
  • Experience with molecular biology and microbiology is essential
  • Experience with industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology or biochemistry is a plus
  • Being fluent in English is essential, knowledge of Dutch is a plus
  • You proved to have scientific maturity and independence
  • You are creative, can think out of the box and have a pioneering spirit
  • You are able to deal with failure
  • You are a team player
  •  If relevant, we will support your personal application for a FWO PhD fellowship strategic basic research or FWO PhD fellowship fundamental research with deadline of March 1st 2022. Obtaining such a scholarship will allow you to extend your research time and priority will be given to candidates willing and entitled to apply for such scholarship. More information on these PhD-scholarships can be found on the webpages mentioned below:

Some requirements related to these scholarships:

  • You have obtained your master degree with at least ‘distinction’ (cum laude), and no longer than 3 years ago calculating from 01/03/2022
  • You have not previously received a FWO fellowship (not even in part)
  • At deadline of submission (01/03/2022), you have no more than 18 months of scientific experience

How to apply

If you are an eligible candidate, are enthusiastic about this subject and are interested in joining our BioPort team, please send your motivation letter and CV (including study results, thesis research topic, contact information of possible referee persons and a recent picture of yourself) to Prof. Dr. ir. Inge Van Bogaert ( by November 5th, 2022 the latest. Please use the reference Application_BOF24. Non-eligible candidates will not get a reply.

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