Vacancies

postdoctoral researcher

JOB DESCRIPTION

Our society needs to transition from a linear to a circular model to mitigate the negative environmental impacts derived from the exploitation & utilization of materials, and their disposal as wastes. This is even more critical in Space. Long-term exploration missions will need to be (almost) self-sufficient, and all resources on board will need to be recycled in closed-loop regenerative life support systems. Microbial bioprocesses can be used to transform wastes into new resources, contributing to closing the resource loop, both in Space and on Earth.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an interest and affinity for process engineering to work on the development of novel mixed culture microbial processes for resource recovery. The selected candidate will work on the Thermomel project, a research project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to investigate the bioenergetics of acidogenic fermentations within the first compartment of the MELISSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative; Melissa Foundation). Specifically, the researcher will investigate the conversion of carbohydrates in acidogenic fermentation conditions & the metabolic pathways involved.

ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

ABOUT CMET

The Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET, formerly LabMET); (www.CMET.UGent.be) is part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, a top 100 university in most rankings, as well as part of CAPTURE (www.capture-resources.be ). CMET has over 40 years of experience in the study of applied microbial processes and microbial ecology in the contexts of waste(water) treatment, bioremediation, bioproduction, bioelectrochemistry and resource recovery. CMET is one of the leading centres worldwide in its field and links excellent basic science with application, leading to a high level of peer reviewed outputs besides commercial outcomes including 7 spin-off companies over time. Reactor and process developments go from millilitre scale to full scale industrial.

YOUR TASKS

  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research.
  • Planning coordination and execution of experiments, including: i) operating a lab-scale bio-reactors; ii) perform lab-scale batch experiments; and iii) conduct sample analysis.
  • You will collect and process the experimental data generated.
  • You will critically analyze the data generated and work, together with other members of the team, on the development of (bioenergetic) models for their interpretation.
  • You will summarize the outcomes of your work in reports, presentations and scientific publications.
  • You will contribute to research program development and management, supervising MSc and PhD students.
  • You will be responsible to interact and coordinate with the other project partners.
  • You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the team and CMET on ongoing (and future) research projects.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate in environmental engineering, microbial biotechnology, etc. (obtained max. 6 years ago. This term of 6 years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma).

Scientific knowledge and skills

  • Background in microbial culturing / biotechnological / fermentation process development
  • Knowledge about (bioenergetic) modelling or mixed culture fermentations is considered a plus.
  • Ability to write effectively, both reporting and funding application
  • Ability to develop and test laboratory scale processes.
  • Ability to rigorously design and perform experiments in a result-oriented and thorough manner.
  • Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis.
  • Ability to supervise PhD students and projects.

Personal knowledge and skills

  • A strong interest in inter/multi-disciplinary applied sciences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and with minimum supervision.
  • Outcome-focused, hands-on mentality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds and with different tasks.
  • Excellent skills for time, budget and project management and the ability to meet objectives within strictly set deadlines.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English are strictly required (C1 level).
  • Ability to report the research outcomes to the funding bodies and to communicate in a non-scientific way.
  • Willingness to travel internationally for project meetings and conferences.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 2 years.
  • Important information: the appointment can also occur as a bursary, in case the candidate meets the criteria for this type of employment.
  • Your contract will start on 1/11/2021 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers.. Click here for a complete overview of all the staffbenefits (in Dutch).
  • Participation to the MELiSSA project

INTERESTED?

Apply online through the e-recruitment system (link) before the application deadline (23h59 - 30/09/2021). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: a list of 3 potential referees.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this vacancy, please contact CMET recruitment (cmet.recruitment@UGent.be, +32(0)9/ 264 59 76). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

Skin & Textile Microbiome Research Scientist

ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

The Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) is part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University. CMET is specialized in the study and application of mixed microbial cultures or communities. A microbial community can have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of both human and environment. CMET researchers focus on the optimal management of microbial communities and their resources.

CMET is looking for a Skin & Textile Microbiome Research Scientist.

YOUR TASKS

CMET is looking for a research scientist with a keen interest in being involved in scientific research, the development of new solutions and the step-by-step optimization of new concepts. The candidate will be part of a larger team that is working on skin microbiome. We investigate the impact of the skin microbiome on textiles and the impact of washing of the textiles on odor development and the microbial composition. For this, we work with whole genome sequencing data (no experience is needed for this yet – you can learn on the job). The candidate will be responsible for performing primary research activities in the team. The candidate will be working with scientists, thesis students and external research partners. We are looking for an individual that can work highly independent, can work with so-called “multi-omics datasets, and has an appetite for learning and implementing new technologies.

  • Plan, coordinate and execute research activities
  • Analyse whole genome sequencing and microbial datasets
  • Interact with external research partners
  • Communicate and/or write research reports
  • Write scientific papers, aimed at high-impact journals
  • Enforce research policies
  • Troubleshoot and consult with the team
  • Oversee, manage and assist training of interns & students

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • You hold a Master’s degree: Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering, Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering Technology, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Biology or equivalent OR you hold a thesis-based doctorate: PhD in Applied Biological Sciences or equivalent.
  • You have experience in the lab
  • You have experience with microbiological analysis
  • You have experience with PCR and/or next-generation sequencing
  • You have experience in research activities
  • You can independently set up and execute a research project
  • You have the ability to perform reproducible research experiments, including experiment preparation, execution, and reporting
  • You are efficient and effective in performing research tasks, including the ability to prioritize and solve problems
  • You have a sense of responsibility
  • You have effective communication skills
  • You are proficiency in (scientific) English and/or Dutch
  • Experience with whole genome sequencing is a plus, but definitely not necessary
  • Experience with down-stream analyses of next-generation sequencing data is a plus
  • Most importantly: you are willing to learn new things.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • We offer you a contract of definite duration for the period of 6 months, with possibility to prolong to 2 years.
  • We offer a full-time appointment.
  • Your contract will start November 1st, 2021, at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4 (if you hold a Master’s degree) or salary scale PD1 to PD4 (if you hold a doctorate). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

INTERESTED?

Apply online through the e-recruitment system before 30/09/2021 (link). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: an overview of your study results.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Chris Callewaert (chris.callewaert@UGent.be; +32 476 4444 32) and/or Prof. Tom Van de Wiele (tom.vandewiele@UGent.be, +32 9 264 59 76). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.