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Opening positions will be published here. In addition, we always welcome aspiring scientists who are interested in our research to join us. Our research falls under three main pillars:

  • Innovations in plant breeding
  • Innovations in plant in vitro culture
  • Innovations in hydroponics, indoor farming and life support systems

We are perfectly situated within the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University which ranks highly worldwide. Our research ranges from fundamental research uncovering the molecular mechanisms within model plants, to applied research to promote growth and development of crop species. For potential PhD/MSc students or postdocs, please contact Prof. Danny Geelen to discuss detailed research plan and funding. Meanwhile, please check the “funding opportunities” page from Ghent University.

Open positions

Vacant positions: 2 doctoral fellows

VACANT POSITIONS - 2 Doctoral fellows


The department Plants and Crops, unit HortiCell, has 2 vacant positions for predoctoral scientist
The selected candidate will participate in executing research in the frame of the project BIO2BIO. The BIO2BIO project operates in the field of biostimulant and biopesticide development.
Job description
At Ghent University, over 30 professors are directly or indirectly contributing to the field of biostimulants and biopesticides and are gathered in a business development unit CropFit. The collaborative research project BIO2BIO between UGent, KULeuven, ILVO and VITO aims to develop biostimulants and biopesticides from organic waste streams. The project is now half way and the consortium has selected one plant extract that displays biostimulant activity and another with biopesticide activity. The objective is to identify the bioactive ingredients in both extracts and to valorise the selected waste stream. We are therefore recruiting two highly motivated pre-doctoral fellows to start as soon as possible. The fractionation and chemical analysis of the extracts is the responsibility of the team of Prof. Sven Mangelinckx. The candidates have to initially execute plant bioassays under supervision of several professors involved in the bio2bio project. At a later stage of the project the objective is to study the molecular and biochemical mode of action. This aspect requires the candidates to apply for a full PhD fellowship at a national funding agency FWO/VLAIO.
This project is executed in view of potential exploitation in collaboration with the agroindustry aiming to create new solutions for sustainable crop production and crop protection. It therefore requires the candidate to be discrete and with respect for the protection of intellectual property.
Profile of the candidate:
• A MSc degree in, Bioscience Engineering, Biochemistry and Biotechnology or equivalent. Students in their final year of study may also apply provided they will successfully obtain the degree in July 2020.
• a drive to achieve results and to investigate products that either stimulate plant growth or protect them from disease.
• analytical, critical and independent
• collaborative attitude and able to comply with the goals of the bio2bio project
How to apply?
• Submit a CV and motivation letter to and
• Explain your motivation to participate in this project
• Position remains vacant until candidates are found
More information at
Tuesday, 31 March 2020