University of Antwerp

Doctoral scholarship holder (PhD) phytohormone physiology and biochemistry

2024-08-29 (Europe/Brussels)
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The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science is looking for a full-time

doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Phytohormone Physiology and Biochemistry


Plants are exposed to multiple abiotic stresses like drought, submergence, radiation and soil toxicity, resulting in growth adaptations. Several plant hormones are known as crucial players in the control of stress responses. Among these ethylene, ABA, and jasmonic acid are well-known. Hormone metabolism determines their steady state, and some metabolites serve particular additional roles.  This project aims to unravel how and under which form ACC and jasmonic acid control  responses to  stress e.g. flooding and drought. The following techniques will be used: transcriptomics, metabolomics, in situ mass spectrometric imaging, live cell microscopy, and the analysis of oxidative stress markers.

  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis on the above subject.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Department of Biology.


  • You hold a Master degree in Biology, Bioengineering, or related field or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • Experience in phytohormone research is an asset.
  • Experience in mass spectrometry is an asset.
  • Molecular biology expertise is an asset.
  • Experience with microscopy is an asset.
  • You need to have relevant experience with data analysis and statistics using R or similar programming languages (e.g. SAS, Matlab).
  • You need to be fluent in English (written and oral).

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period. 
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.   
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Groenenborger in the IMPRES Research Group in a stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 29 August 2024 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter
    • your academic CV
  • The selection committee reviews all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision is made, we will notify you. If you are still eligible after the pre-selection, you will be informed about the possible next step(s) in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Els Prinsen (  or Kris Vissenberg (

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Doctoral scholarship holder (PhD) phytohormone physiology and biochemistry
Prinsstraat 13 Antwerp, Belgium
Application deadline
2024-08-29 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-08-29 23:59 (CET)
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