Doctoral fellow - Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
Ghent University

Doctoral fellow - Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Belgium 15 Mar 2021


L'université de Gand, en abrégé UGent, anciennement Rijksuniversiteit Gent (université d’État de Gand,

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Last application date Mar 15, 2021 00:00

Department WE09 - Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Contract Limited duration

Degree MSc degree related to the subject area

Occupancy rate 100%

Vacancy type Research staff

Job description

The VIB - UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and the Department Biology from Ghent University is offering a PhD scholarship (R1-level) in 2021 for an evolutionary biologist with strong interest in the modelling of eco-evolutionary dynamics – the dynamic interaction between ecological and evolutionary processes at contemporary timescales. Polyploidy, i.e. the possession of multiple sets of chromosomes that results from whole-genome duplication (WGD), is a widespread phenomenon mainly associated with plants but has also been found in numerous insects and vertebrates.

WGD is historically viewed as a source of novel genetic variation across the entire genome that allows fast adaptation to changing habitats. Multiple disadvantages do however constrain these adaptive capacities and evidence is accumulating that species with WGD may predominantly invade and persist under stress. In many species, whole genome duplication is associated with an increase in cell and/or body size, and mass-specific metabolism. The success of polyploidization is therefore anticipated to be governed by physiological responses that directly mediate ecological and evolutionary processes.

The PhD student will study these dynamics interactions by means of ODE (Ordinary Differential Equation) and individual based models.

The PhD student will be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research group lead by Prof. Van de Peer and Prof. Dries Bonte.

The successful candidate will be expected to tightly collaborate with colleagues in related scientific disciplines using experimental evolution and genomics.

More information about the research of Prof. Dries Bonte can be found at:

More information about the research of Prof. Yves Van de Peer can be found at:

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How to apply

Application procedure:

Send your CV, overview of study results, full details of 3 references, and your application letter, in English, to the two supervisors of the project.

Further information: For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisors prof. Yves Van de Peer ( and Dries Bonte (

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