PhD Student: Green Chemistry and Technology 815 views

The Isotope Bioscience Laboratory (ISOFYS) within the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology at Ghent University (UGENT, Belgium) is recruiting a new PhD student (M/F/X). The PhD student will be engaged in the recently started Methusalem project COBBOF: ‘Congo Basin Forest Biogeochemistry Observatory (COBBOF): Relieving pressure on social-ecological systems in the Congo basin’ funded by the special research fund (BOF) of Ghent University.

About the position:
  • The PhD student will directly contribute to field- and process-based soil greenhouse gas fluxes from various forest types in the Congo basin. This will be done through a combination of experimental research, field work, statistical processing of the data.
  • This PhD will “team up” with an ongoing PhD student that focusses on CO2 fluxes, net ecosystem productivity and lateral carbon losses.
  • A full-time 4-year position as a PhD-student at UGENT (start autumn 2021)
  • A dynamic, challenging, and stimulating research environment


  • Applicant must hold Master’s degree in Sciences, Bio-science Engineering or equivalent
  • Strong interest in multidisciplinary research in relation to tropical forests and climate change
  • Prepared to take initiative, but also to work in close collaboration with other team members and international partners
  • To prepare and participate in medium-term sampling campaigns in DR Congo
  • Prepared to take up part of the site management in DR Congo
  • Prepared to participate in (inter)national conferences and symposia
  • Excellent organization, communication (both oral and written) and social skills
  • Strong interest in experimental field work in tropical African forests
  • Good insights in analyzing and interpreting data
  • Knowledge of statistical processing of data, whereby a good knowledge of R is an asset
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken) and good knowledge of French (spoken)

How to apply:

Send applications via email to Prof. Pascal Boeckx and Saskia Van der Looven ( including motivation letter, CV (including references) and a copy of MSc diploma, with reference “COBBOF-GHG-PhD”.

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Ghent University
Country Belgium
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Sciences, Bio-science Engineering
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline Sep 15, 2021

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