Vacancy for a PhD student
The research group of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology (IMDO) of 
the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and international research team 
where the majority of research projects aim to study the biodiversity of 
traditional fermented food products to identify and fully characterize 
interesting isolates of lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria. These 
isolates are further investigated towards their potential as innovative, 
functional starter cultures to be used in industrial food fermentations to 
improve texture, shelf-life and aroma of the fermented foods. Also, IMDO is 
involved in health-related research projects on pro- and prebiotics as 
functional foods.
To accomplish its mission, IMDO can rely on a state-of-the-art research 
infrastructure comprising computer-controlled fermentors, molecular 
microbiology equipment and an extensive analysis platform for metabolomics, as 
well as on an in-house developed functional gene microarray.
To strengthen its team, IMDO wants to hire a PhD student that will be involved 
in research on genomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics of lactic acid 
bacteria and acetic acid bacteria.
The successful candidate should have a Master degree in Bio-engineering 
Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or Biology. Knowledge of bioinformatics 
software tools for sequence analysis and Perl scripting skills are a plus, as 
is hands-on experience with Linux and MySQL (or a related RDBMS). Further, the 
candidate should be a team-player and should have excellent communication 
For practical information concerning this vacancy, please contact Dr. Stefan 
Weckx (
To apply for this vacancy, please send your application letter and curriculum 
vitae to:
Prof. Dr. ir. Luc De Vuyst
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Research Group of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology (IMDO)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel


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