What you will do
IDLab/IMEC Ghent University has an open PhD position in the domain of microbial systems genetics. This PhD envisages a dual degree between the KULeuven and UGent. The goal of the PhD research is to develop and apply graph-based methods to study adaptive evolution of microbial communities. Hereto innovative methods need to be developed that integrate genomic information with molecular profiling (metatransciptomics) data. The research will be performed in close collaboration with microbial ecologists and microbial molecular biologists at the KU Leuven. Applications involve studying the role of microbial communities in acquiring microbial antibiotic resistance or pesticide degradation.
IDLab is a research group of Ghent University, as well as a core research group of imec. IDLab performs fundamental and applied research on data science and internet technology and counts over 300 researchers. Our major research areas are machine learning and data mining; semantic intelligence; multimedia processing; distributed intelligence for IoT; cloud and big data infrastructures; wireless and fixed networking; electromagnetics, RF and high-speed circuits and systems.
IDLab is also part of imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create ground-breaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.
Who you are
- You hold a Master degree in Bioinformatics, Engineering, Bioscience engineering, or an equivalent degree. Last year students can also apply.
- You have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.
- Interest/knowledge of computer science and/or machine learning.
- Interest in biology or molecular biology.
- Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, R and/or C++ as well as Linux systems.
- Fluency in spoken and written English.
The student will be located in the group headed by K. Marchal located at the engineering faculty of Ghent University (IDLab/IMEC). The group’s research focus is on bioinformatics method development and collaborates with the group of J. Fostier. The group is specialized in combining computerscience with biological principles (http://bioinformatics.psb.ugent.be/DBN/, http://www.ugent.be/ea/idlab/en/members/kathleen-marchal.htm). This PhD research will involve a close collaboration with Prof. D. Springael and Prof. H. Steenackers at the KU Leuven. A dual PhD degree in Ghent University and KU Leuven is envisaged. For more information, contact email@example.com.
To apply, forward a copy of your CV, a motivation letter and contact information for two references, to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: July 31, 2020
Tentative start date: October 2020
Duration: 4 years