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PhD Student - Department of Biology à Ghent

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Job description

The Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology (Ghent University) invites applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship for 1 year and extended with another 3 years (after positive evaluation) to study interactions between plankton and suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the North Sea. The impact of biological processes on SPM dynamics in coastal ecosystems is insufficiently understood: while biology is affected by the variation in SPM concentration and composition, biological processes themselves can in turn impact SPM dynamics. The student will use a combination of field and experimental approaches to study the relationship between phytoplankton community composition, exudate production and SPM dynamics and flocculation in relation to light, nutrients and temperature. The project forms part of the Belspo-funded BG-PART project (BioGeochemical PARTicle interactions and feedback loops on the Belgian Continental Shelf).
The job duties include:

  • Monitoring of phytoplankton community composition, primary production and exudate production
  • Ecophysiological experiments to study phytoplankton exudate production along environmental gradients
  • Study the interaction between phytoplankton and SPM flocculation dynamics in experimental settings
  • Write scientific publications
  • Supervise bachelor and master students during research assignments and practical courses
  • Job profile

  • You hold a Master’s degree in Sciences: Biology, Bioscience Engineering, Oceanography or equivalent diploma. Holders of a PhD degree cannot apply.
  • You obtained excellent grades in your bachelor and master degrees you belong to the top 10% of your cohort).
  • Practical expertise in aquatic microbial ecology is recommended.
  • Excellent programming skills in R or Python are highly recommended.
  • You have good communication and writing skills and have an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • You are self-critical, you work with rigor and attention for detail, and you work accurately in the wet lab.
  • You combine being a team player with a strong sense of autonomy and responsibility.
  • You are willing to participate in sea-going sampling campaigns and to apply for additional funding when eligible.
  • We offer a PhD scholarship of one year, which will be extended with another three years after positive evaluation, according to the general conditions at Ghent University. The appointment will start on 01/08/2021 at the earliest.
    The tax free scholarship includes full social security coverage and a number of benefits such a wide range of training and education opportunities, bicycle commuting reimbursement, etc. More information can be found on the Ghent University website (). We will provide high-quality training to develop hard and soft skills, and opportunities to participate in sampling campaigns in the North Sea and international scientific conferences.

    Informations supplémentaires

    Formation requise
    Heures de travail par semaine
    8 - 40
    Type de Contrat
    Temps plein/ CDD
    Formation / Tuteur / enseignement
    Permis de conduire BE/EU exigé
    Voiture exigée
    Lettre de motivation exigée

    Formation / Tuteur / enseignement | Temps plein/ CDD | Autres

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