PhD Scholarship at University of Ghent

Applications are invited for a PhD position in bioinformatics to join University of Ghent. Candidates are welcome before September 10, 2019.

The goal of the research project is to design a bacterial cocktail that protects piglets against E. coli associated post-weaning diarrhoea. Post-weaning diarrhoea is an economically important disease that is mainly caused by enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC). Additionally change from high digestible milk to less digestible dry feed, an impaired gut microbiota and poor immune status of the piglets might render them more susceptible to ETEC infection. In this project the piglet's microbiome and its relation to host genetics and immune function will be assessed, leading to insights on the host-microbiome interaction and the potential predisposition to develop post-weaning diarrhoea. The identified beneficial bacterial taxa will be enriched using anaerobic fermentation after which an in vivo E. coli challenge model will be used to test the protective effect of the bacterial cocktail. This research project offers a unique combination of wet lab and dry lab work, ranging from on farm sampling, in vitro work with anaerobic bacteria, NGS sequencing and implementation of bioinformatics tools. What do we offer?

Send your motivation letter, scientific resume, relevant publications (when applicable), and two reference contacts to Prof. dr. ir. Filip Van Immerseel (filip.vanimmerseel@ugent.be) and dr. Evy Goossens (evy.goossens@ugent.be) by e-mail. After the first screening, suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

Deadline: September 10, 2019
Apply Link: Please send your application via email.

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