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Project “HORIZON 2020: ELECTRA”: Opportunity for a PhD position
Ghent University
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Application deadline: Nov 20
Location: Gent, Belgium
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Project “HORIZON 2020: ELECTRA”: Opportunity for a PhD position

Last application date Nov 20, 2018 23:59
Department LA25 - Department of Biotechnology
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master degree in environmental engineering, bio-engineering or equivalent completed before the start date of the position
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy Type Research staff

Job description

Project ELECTRA

The European commission and China have recently approved an ambitious project to improve bioremediation of surface water, groundwater and soils by means of bioelectrochemical technology. The advantage of this approach is that remediation can occur at low energy and chemicals input. ELECTRA brings together top teams across the EU in the field of bioremediation and electromicrobiology, and within the framework of this project they will closely collaborate with Chinese partners who are constituting a second consortium within this project. Within this project, we investigate the use of biogenic nanoparticels to remove recalcitrant organics.

Type of employment

  • PhD researcher: Full time, fixed term appointment for initially 1 year, yearly renewable after positive evaluation up to 3 years.
  • A competitive salary including benefits is offered, salary levels account for years of professional experience.
  • Ghent University is an equal opportunity employer.

About CMET

The Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) formally LabMET (www.CMET.UGent.be) is part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, a top 100 university in most rankings. CMET has over 40 years of experience in the study of applied microbial processes and microbial ecology in the contexts of waste(water) treatment, bioremediation, bioproduction, bioelectrochemistry and resource recovery. In recent years a focus on electrochemical processes has emerged, often in conjunction with microbial post-processing. It is one of the top performing centres worldwide in its field and links excellent basic science with application, leading to a high level of peer reviewed outputs besides commercial outcomes including 7 spin-off companies over time. Reactor and process developments go from millilitre scale to full scale industrial.

Profile of the candidate

Background and experience

  • Scientific researcher: A Master degree in environmental engineering, bio-engineering or equivalent completed before the start date of the position. Experience in the field of microbiology, dehalogenation reactions or (bio-) electrochemical processes will be greatly appreciated.

Scientific knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of pure and mixed culture incubations and microbiology.
  • Ability to rigorously design experiments and to perform experiments under well-controlled conditions.
  • Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis.
  • Knowledge of bioreactor operations to develop and test laboratory scale processes.
  • Be experienced and interested in interdisciplinary research. This includes microbiology and chemistry.
  • Ability to work with analytics, such as IC, HPLC, GC, AAS as well as experience with microbial analyses.
  • Ability to rigorously design and perform experiments in a result-oriented and thorough manner.
  • Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis.
  • Ability to communicate through high-quality scientific channels, e.g. peer reviewed publications (A1).

Personal knowledge and skills

  • A strong interest in inter/multi-disciplinary applied science.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds and with different tasks.
  • Excellent skills for time management and the ability to meet objectives within strictly set deadlines.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English are strictly required (C1 level).
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and with minimum supervision.
  • Outcome focused, hands-on mentality.
  • Willingness to travel internationally for project meetings and conferences.
  • Willingness to apply for scholarships to obtain additional funding.

How to apply

Submission and closing date

Applications must be sent via email to cmet.recruitment@UGent.be as pdf or word documents, with in the subject line mentioning “ELECTRA_PhD”. Final closing date is November 20th 2018 (23h59), but applications will be regularly reviewed prior to the deadline hence early application is recommended.

Application files

  1. Covering Letter.
    The covering letter should include the position reference, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role, taking into account the required skills.
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
    A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas:
  • Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended;
  • Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements;
  • Research fields and current interests, publications (full list as attachment with three most significant marked with an asterisk, also indicating impact factors and Quartiles according to Web of Science), research grants awarded.
  • The names and contact details (address, telephone, e-mail) of three referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor, manager or head of organisational unit) closely associated with your current work. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria.

3. Selection Criteria.

A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria has been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities.

Selection process

A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They will be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly.

An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to the Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate your capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the first instance.

The Selection Committee will subsequently seek referee reports, if not sought prior to interview, before making a decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate. The purpose of referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work place and suitability for the position. Referee reports may be sought orally, or for academic staff, in writing by post or e-mail.

If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the position. Do not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you receive a written offer of appointment.

More information regarding this position

Please contact Professor Nico Boon (Nico.Boon@UGent.be)

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