PhD Grant: Blueshell- Valorization of marine biomass- Exploring Shellfish By-products as sources of Blue Bioactivities

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By Milthon Lujan

This PhD grant is within a multi-disciplinary project and offers you the chance to become expert in valorization of marine biomass- from basic science to market applications. It is situated within the European Project Blueshell- an Eranet Marine Biotech project. The PhD position is a joined Phd of ILVO and University Ghent.

Job Descriptor

You will be involved in a research project – as PhD researcher- related to valorisation of marine biomass (ie shells from different marine organisms).
Your tasks involve:
Different processing techniques to maximaly explore the potential of valorisable products (ie classical extractions, fermentation, …)
Screening and characterization of the compounds for a battery of different bioactivities relevant for different sectors (horticultural plant stimulant, anti-fouling, food-safety, nutritional….).
Valorisation and evaluation of market potential of succesful bioactive compounds

Candidates Profile

A recently obtained Master of Science, Master of Applied Sciences or similar level
You are willing to apply for extra funding (supported by staff of ILVO and University Ghent)
You are able and interested in a PhD

Candidates Skills

Good knowledge and interest in marine biotech
Interest beyond basic science ie applied research for marketable bioactive products and interest in the valorisation of your results in the industry
Knowledge of enzyme chemistry, microbiology and plant sciences, as well as of analytical chemistry
Good communication skills including a very good command of the English language (written and verbal)
Able to work independent
Working with a creative, critical and analytical mindset
You are willing to apply for extra funding
General terms for ILVO-PhD:

Our Offer

A 3yr contract at ILVO/University Gent with internationally competitive salary
The position is within the international project BlueShell (Eranet Marine Biotech), in which 5 European countries are involved
Work within an international challenging project in the Blue Growth area- an area that is indicated by EU as one of the promising growth sectors
Multi-disciplinary project dealing with several aspects of valorization- from source to market
Further information and how to apply?

At University Ghent

How to apply?

All applications must be sent to Bart Sonck ( and to Katleen Raes ( no later than 23/03/2017 at 23:59 (CET), with subject of your mail ‘Application Blueshell’ with the following documents attached as one file:
Motivation letter
A transcript of the required degree
An overview of your study results
The name and contact data of a reference person

Based on the provided information, a selection will be made. The selected candidates will be contacted by email by 24 March and a case-study (together with a more extensive summary of the project) will be provided as a preparation for the interview which will occur at 27th March. Please block this day in your agenda.

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