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PhD student Blueshell - Belgium  

Ghent University (company)

Posted on : 08 March 2017

Project Description

 You will be involved in a research project - as PhD researcher- related to valorisation of marine biomass (ie shells from different marine organisms).
 Your tasks involve:  
  • Different processing techniques to maximally explore the potential of valorisable products (ie classical extractions, fermentation, &). 
  • Screening and characterization for a battery of different bio activities relevant for different sectors (horticultural plant stimulant, anti-fouling, food-safety, nutritional &.). 
  • Valorisation and evaluation of market potential of successful bio-active compounds.  

Our offer 
  • A 3yr contract  with internationally competitive salary. 
  • The position is within the international project Blue-Shell (Eranet Marine Biotech), in which 5 European countries are involved. 
  • Work within an international challenging project in the Blue Growth area- an area that is indicated by EU as one of the promising growth sectors. 
  • Multi-disciplinary project dealing with several aspects of valorization- from source to market.  

Profile of the candidate 
  • A recently obtained Master of Science, Master of Applied Sciences or similar level. 
  • You are willing to apply for an extra funding (supported by staff of ILVO and University Gent). 
  • You are able and interested in a PhD.  

We expect the following skills from the applicants: 
  • Good knowledge and interest in marine biotech. 
  • Interest beyond basic science ie applied research for marketable bio-active products and interest in the valorisation of your results in the industry. 
  • Knowledge of enzyme chemistry, microbiology and plant sciences, as well as of analytical chemistry. 
  • Good communication skills including a very good command of the English language (written and verbal). 
  • Able to work independent. 
  • Working with a creative, critical and analytical mindset. 
  • You are willing to apply for extra funding.  

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