The lab of Prof. Nicolai consists of an international team of young, dynamic and enthusiastic researchers that investigate the physiology of perishable fruits and vegetables after harvest. We offer a stimulating work environment for those who are interested in scientific research on the verge of fundamental and applied research, with a high relevance to making a more sustainable world. KU Leuven is a world-class university and ranked 47 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
During postharvest, the fruit’s metabolism is impacted by various factors. To interpret the metabolic response in a quantitative way kinetic modelling is of utmost importance. While the various projects collect large sets of data with regard to fluxes through the central carbon metabolism, and changes linked to ethylene signalling, the quantitative interpretation through flux modelling is still in its infancy, especially in the case of higher systems like plant organs.
You PhD study will focus on developing kinetic flux models for postharvest systems biology starting from available data sets. Your work will provide a quantitative interpretation level to the ongoing postharvest research of the group.
As part of your PhD research you will have to follow the doctoral training organised through the Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School. You will have the opportunity to participate in national and international seminars and conferences. You are expected to spread your work by writing scientific publications for leading international journals in the area of your research and contribute to the dissemination of your work to the industry.
The lab is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a MSc degree in bioscience engineering,chemical engineering, bioinformatics or equivalent and you are an EU citizen. You are eager to become part of a an international interdisciplinary team to perform cutting-edge research. You have a critical mind and you are willing to learn new techniques.
The lab offers you a 4 year PhD position.The lab will support you in all aspects in order to successfully obtain a PhD degree and a proper scientific training. You will be given opportunities to participate at national and international meetings.
For more information please contact Dr. Maarten Hertog, tel.: +32 16 32 23 76, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. dr. ir. Bart Nicolai, tel.: +32 16 32 23 75, mail: email@example.com.
You can apply for this job no later than July 15, 2018 via the online application tool
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