Postdoctoral researcher

Ghent University
March 12, 2023
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→ Apply before 12/03/2023 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time) → Faculty of Sciences → Department: WE10 - Biochemie en Microbiologie → Occupancy rate:100% → Number of positions: 1 → Type of employment: Contract of unlimited duration with clause → Term of assignment: 4 jaar → Wage scale: PD1 to PD4 (doctoral degree) → Required diploma: PhD


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research.
  • You are part of the research team of the project MiCoS and investigate microplastic pollution in agricultural soils in Flanders and the Netherlands and study the effect of the current pollution on soil and plant health
  • You are the first contact person for farmers and are responsible for sampling of 240 agricultural soils. For each field, you look into the degree of microplastic pollution, the soil physicochemical parameters and soil microbiology
  • You develop within the project MiCoS a microscopic method to measure microplastic pollution in soils. This will be done in collaboration with the Research institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO). Therefore, on a regular base you will work at one of the ILVO buildings for sampling, measurements and meetings together with the research team.
  • You correlate microplastic pollution data with soil parameters, soil microbiology and environmental variables.

  • You hold a thesis-based doctorate (obtained max. 6 years ago. This term of 6 years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma) preferably in biochemistry/biotechnology or bioscience engineering.
  • You are an expert in soil research, soil health and/or soil microbiology
  • You have experience with microscopy either throughout your study, former job and/or PhD research
  • Preferably, you have experience in modelling or you are willing to specialize in modelling during the first two years of the project
  • You have experience in bioinformatics and can work fluently with R and a linux/unix environment
  • You have strong communication skills and have a proven track record for this (e.g. experience in citizen science projects, leading position in a project, …)
  • You are willing to go abroad (The Netherlands/Luxembourg) for short periods (1 day up to 1 week) for sampling and meetings;

  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 4 years
  • Your contract will start on 1/05/2023 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers.. Click here for a complete overview of all the staffbenefits (in Dutch).

    Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

    Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV' : your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter' : your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma' : a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents” : a reference letter, an overview of your study results, …
  • Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

    As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


    For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Caroline De Tender ( [email protected] , +32(0)9/2722485). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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