08/08/2021: PhD position in translational research in oncology @ Ghent University, Belgium

The Small Animal Soft Tissue section of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, headed by Prof Hilde de Rooster has a vacancy for a highly motivated PhD student. The applicant should be passionate about research with a strong interest in (surgical) oncology. It is expected that a successful candidate can work and think independently, pays attention to details and has or is willing to develop good practical laboratory skills.

The PhD project “Confirming the applicability of the anti-EGFR Nanobodies for fluorescenceguided surgery in canine and human head and neck cancer” is funded by 'Kom op tegen Kanker' ('Stand up to Cancer'), the Flemish Cancer Society. The work packages will involve a pre-trial toxicity study in purpose-bred dogs, real-time imaging of human and canine patient biopsies and during image-guided surgery, and pathological analyses of prelevated tissues.

The research will be performed under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team including experts of the Ghent University Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Ghent University Hospital and the ICMI Lab of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. There will be a strong interaction between human and veterinary clinicians.

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Successful candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Master degree in Veterinary Science: companion animals
  • A strong interest in translational oncology
  • Strong work ethics
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Qualifications to work with laboratory animals
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

We offer a full-time contract of three years. The net salary at the start of the PhD is 2.194 euro. The application period will close down August 29th. The position will be available from November 2021 onwards. Ghent University/Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG: http://www.crig.ugent.be/en) offer great career development opportunities in a collaborative and multidisciplinary working environment. This vacancy represents a unique opportunity to develop new skills in a large array of innovative techniques in the field of translational oncology.

Ghent University is a sustainable, family-friendly organization, which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities.

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How to apply

Please send a motivation letter describing your interests, a detailed CV, a transcript of your diploma and contact details of 3 references to hilde.derooster@ugent.be.

For more detailed information, please contact Prof de Rooster via hilde.derooster@ugent.be.

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