Website VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology is a world-leading plant science institute situated in the
Tech Lane Campus in Ghent, Belgium, with access to the newest technology and equipment through VIB
core facilities. The Bio-energy and Bio-aromatics group of Prof. Wout Boerjan is looking for a highly
motivated PhD student or postdoc to join our international team composed of 24 people.
Description
The group has a major activity in the discovery and characterization of metabolites and their genetic control in Arabidopsis, maize and poplar species. More specifically, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for metabolomic analysis in the project ‘POPMET’, funded by the European Research Council. The project aims at the large-scale identification of metabolites, metabolic pathways and their genes in the model tree poplar. The project involves the implementation of cutting-edge ‘omic’
techniques, including metabolome characterization using LC-MS, long-read genome sequencing, as well as gene expression profiling using RNAseq.
Your profile (PhD)
The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:
– Master degree in molecular plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, bio-engineering
or related-field with an excellent understanding of chemistry
– A strong interest in plant biochemistry
– Strong work ethics
– Good communication skills in English
– Hands-on experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS or LC-MS)
– An interest in programming and statistics (preferentially via R or Python)
– Able to work both independently and as part of a team
Your profile (postdoc)
The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:
– PhD in molecular plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, bio-engineering or relatedfield
with an excellent understanding of chemistry
– Strong work ethics
– Good communication skills in English
– Hands-on experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry of plant metabolites (GC-MS or
LC-MS) and in their structural characterization
– Hands on experience in programming and statistics (preferentially R or Python)
– Experience in handling large data sets is a plus.
– Able to work both independently and as part of a team

We offer
The VIB offers great career development opportunities in a collaborative and multidisciplinary working
environment. This position represents a unique opportunity for developing new skills in a large array of
innovative techniques in the field of plant sciences. We offer a full time contract of four years (PhD
student) or two years (postdoc) with a competitive stipend and extra benefits. The position is available
from June 2021 onwards. If you are interested in this position, you can apply by sending your application
to [email protected] Please make sure your application includes:
– A cover letter describing your motivation and your qualifications, as well as contact information
of 2 references
– Your CV
– A copy of your diploma, or equivalence certificate of NARIC (if you obtained your degree outside
the European Union)
Applications will be accepted until the vacancy has been filled. For more information about this position,
please contact Prof. Wout Boerjan, group leader ([email protected]).

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