PhD - Gent Zwijnaarde | More than two weeks ago
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to investigate interactions between electromagnetic fields and insects.
Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries, ranked 71 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (http://www.shanghairanking.com/). On a daily basis, over 15,000 staff members and 49,000 students implement its motto "Dare to Think". Ghent University's mission statement is characterized by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.
The WAVES research group (http://www.waves.intec.ugent.be/) is the expertise centre for Bio-electromagnetics and wireless propagation of the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University/IMEC.
Insects are the foundation of all terrestrial life due to their diversity and ecological role, their influence on agriculture, natural resources and human health. At the same time, insects are most vulnerable to human activities affecting the environment, which has already led to a dramatic decrease in their abundance and species richness. One of these activities that potentially plays a role in this phenomenon are emissions of Radio-Frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields. These fields are used in telecommunication networks to enable (wireless) telecommunication between billions of users worldwide. Electromagnetic fields are emitted into the environment and consequently living organisms, including insects, are exposed to these fields. It is currently unknown: (1) how these electromagnetic fields interact with insects and (2) at what levels these interactions might have biological effects in insects. You will answer these questions.
Your main tasks:
We offer a full-time paid PhD position for 1 year, extended up to 4 years after positive evaluation, in an inspiring and dynamic work environment. You will be supported by our team of experienced researchers and (international) collaborators. You will enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 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.
If you are interested in this position, please send your application letter and cv to:
iGent, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126, 9052 GENT
Questions concerning the position can also be sent to this email address.