Doctoral Fellowships in (Bio-) Science/Engineering from Ghent University in Belgium 2020

Deadline : 15 Jul 2020

State University: Ghent University

Specialities: Engineering , Science

Study level: Postgraduate

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Doctoral Fellowships in (Bio-) Science/Engineering from Ghent University in Belgium 2020

Ghent University is offering a four-year full-time Ph.D. fellowship, between October 1st, 2020, and September 30th, 2024. The fellow chosen will be hired by UGent-Woodlab (the first two years) and by UAntwerpen-PLECO (the last two years).

The Laboratory of Wood Technology, or short UGent-Woodlab, is a research team of UGent, located at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. UGent-Woodlab aims at an integrated strategy for the forestry-wood chain to contribute to the bio-economy. Furthermore, the team tackles climate change issues by learning from trees as archives of the past and biosensors of the present.

The first two years, your task will be to develop suitable protocols for sample preparation, sample staining as well as software development, for automated X-ray CT scanning and analysis in the function of wood formation. In the last two years, you will apply the new method to study the relationship between wood formation and autumn leaf phenology across various European sites. Research stays abroad in partner institutes (WSL, Switzerland, and SFI, Slovenia) are foreseen.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You have a master's degree in (Bio-) Science/Engineering.
  • You have a strong interest in wood formation, leaf phenology, and X-ray CT scanning.
  • You are interested in and motivated by the research topic.
  • You have excellent analytical skills.
  • You speak and write English fluently.
  • You have good communication skills.
  • You have an open mind and a multi-disciplinary attitude.
  • You have an interest in working with or knowledge and experience on tree-ring analysis, wood formation, phenology, data analysis, and/or non-destructive imaging.
  • You have experience with hands-on lab work.
  • ICT / programming skills (Python / R) are required.

About Ghent University:

Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. Ghent University is one of the biggest Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The University also supports the University Library and the University Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. It is one of the greatest beneficiaries of funding from the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). Ghent University consistently rates among the top universities not only in Belgium but also throughout the world.

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