PhD Grant: Blueshell- Valorization of marine biomass- Exploring Shellfish By-products as sources of Blue Bioactivities

This PhD grant is within a multi-disciplinary project and offers you the chance to become expert in valorization of marine biomass- from basic science to market applications. It is situated within the European Project Blueshell- an Eranet Marine Biotech project. The PhD position is a joined Phd of ILVO and University Ghent.

Job Descriptor

You will be involved in a research project – as PhD researcher- related to valorisation of marine biomass (ie shells from different marine organisms).

Your tasks involve:

  • Different processing techniques to maximaly explore the potential of valorisable products (ie classical extractions, fermentation, …)
  • Screening and characterization of the compounds for a battery of different bioactivities relevant for different sectors (horticultural plant stimulant, anti-fouling, food-safety, nutritional….).
  • Valorisation and evaluation of market potential of succesful bioactive compounds

Candidates Profile

  • A recently obtained Master of Science, Master of Applied Sciences or similar level
  • You are willing to apply for extra funding (supported by staff of ILVO and University Ghent)
  • You are able and interested in a PhD

Candidates Skills

  • Good knowledge and interest in marine biotech
  • Interest beyond basic science ie applied research for marketable bioactive products and interest in the valorisation of your results in the industry
  • Knowledge of enzyme chemistry, microbiology and plant sciences, as well as of analytical chemistry
  • Good communication skills including a very good command of the English language (written and verbal)
  • Able to work independent
  • Working with a creative, critical and analytical mindset
  • You are willing to apply for extra funding
  • General terms for ILVO-PhD:

Our Offer

  • A 3yr contract at ILVO/University Gent with internationally competitive salary
  • The position is within the international project BlueShell (Eranet Marine Biotech), in which 5 European countries are involved
  • Work within an international challenging project in the Blue Growth area- an area that is indicated by EU as one of the promising growth sectors
  • Multi-disciplinary project dealing with several aspects of valorization- from source to market

Further information and how to apply?


At University Ghent

How to apply?

All applications must be sent to Bart Sonck ( and to Katleen Raes ( no later than 23/03/2017 at 23:59 (CET), with subject of your mail ‘Application Blueshell’ with the following documents attached as one file:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • A transcript of the required degree
  • An overview of your study results
  • The name and contact data of a reference person

Based on the provided information, a selection will be made. The selected candidates will be contacted by email by 24 March and a case-study (together with a more extensive summary of the project) will be provided as a preparation for the interview which will occur at 27th March. Please block this day in your agenda.

PhD Grant BlueShell

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