PhD Scholarship 'Molecular Plant Physiology & Microbiology'

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Belgium

August 18, 2021

Description

PhD Scholarship 'Molecular Plant Physiology & Microbiology'

Category: PhD

1 - Working at the VUB

For already 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you'll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees , we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels , an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
  • 2 - Position description

    The Faculteit Wetenschappen en Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen , Vakgroep Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen , is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.

    More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains:

  • ​​​​You will perform scientific research in the field of molecular plant physiology, microbiology and environmental biology;
  • The subject of your PhD research will be related to a FWO project on the environmental adaptation of pine trees upon a nuclear accident. More specifically, you will study the impact of radiation on pines and assess the potential of mycorrhizal fungi in their adaptation;
  • You will be part of an international research team;
  • You will perform fieldwork in Japan, lab-experiments at VUB and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre in Mol, and join meetings with project partners at UHasselt;
  • You will contribute at practicals in genetics for students of the BSc program Bio-engineering Sciences, and you will supervise master students for their thesis or internship;
  • You will participate in science outreach activities for the general public;
  • For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.

    3 - Profile

    What do we expect from you?

    You've attained a Master of Science in Molecular Biology, Bioengineering Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology or equivalent;

  • You need to comply with all requirements to perform PhD research;
  • You are a motivated researcher with a passion for molecular biology and interest in field work;
  • You have a strong sense of responsibility;
  • You show good communication skills and are able to function independently within a team;
  • You posses very good coordination skills and laboratory research skills, preferentially in the field of plant molecular biology or microbiology;
  • You are willing to work at different locations within Belgium;
  • Proficiency in English language is a must;

  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

  • 4 - Offer

    Are you going to be our new colleague?

    You'll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship , for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 15/10/2021.

    You'll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.

    IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.

    At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

    As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance ;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise ;
  • Ecocheques ;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants ;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work- life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).
  • 5 - Interested?

    Is this the job you've been dreaming of?

    Send us ONLINE and at latest on 31/08/2021 your CV, letter of motivation and the highest degree you've attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).

    Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Joske Ruytinx at joske.ruytinx@vub.be or on 02 / 629 19 37.

    Would you like to know what it's like to work at the VUB? Go to www. vub.ac.be/vacatures and find all there is to know about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and your future colleagues.

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