08/03/2018
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Scientific researcher - Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Ghent University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
    Biological sciencesOther
    ChemistryBiochemistry
    Medical sciencesOther
    Medical sciencesVeterinary medicine
    Pharmacological sciencesOther
    TechnologyBiotechnology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/03/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Gent
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

Last application date Mar 31, 2018 00:00
Department LA22 - Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master in Veterinary Medicine, Master in Bioscience Engineering, Master in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Master in Molecular Biotechnology, Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master in Immunology
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy Type Research staff

Job description

Participating in a research team which conducts research on:

Development of a recombinant Chlamydia suis vaccine for pigs in order:

  • i) to improve animal welfare,
  • ii) to reduce the economic losses for the farmer and
  • iii) to reduce the risk of Chlamydia suis zoonotic transmissions from pigs to humans.

 

Period: 4 years to prepare a PhD

The research is conducted in the Laboratory for Immunology and Animal Cell Biotechnology of Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links, 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium (https:// www.ugent.be/bw/asae/en/research/immunoanimalbiot)

Start: 23 July 2018

Profile of the candidate

Chlamydia suis causes reproductive failure and conjunctivitis in swine, just as the phylogenetically highly related human pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis. Recently, Chlamydia suis antibiotic (tetracycline) resistant strains are frequently found. Chlamydia suis is an obligate intracellular bacterium, which can only be grown in living eukaryotic cell, such as human and animal cell cultures. Recently, we demonstrated that C. suis can be transmitted from pigs to humans. The purpose of our research is to develop a recombinant Chlamydia suis vaccine for swine, as a vaccine would be beneficial to animal welfare and it would diminish the economic loss for the farmers. Moreover, vaccination of pigs could also reduce the risk of zoonotic C. suis transmissions to humans.

As a start, the project will focus on the construction of different recombinant vaccine constructs. The quality control of the vaccine constructs will be performed in the laboratory first. Afterwards, the most optimal vaccine construct will be tested in pre-clinical trials in specific pathogen free pigs. Eventually, the recombinant vaccine will be evaluated on pig farms during field experiments.

Co-operation:

1) Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent

2) Provaxs (http://www.provaxs.com)

How to apply

Please send your application before 1th of April 2018 (motivation letter + CV) to:

Prof. Dr. D. Vanrompay

Vakgroep Dierwetenschappen en Aquatische Ecologie (BW22)

Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen, UGent

Coupure links, 653, 9000 Gent

Tel: (0)9 264 59 72; Fax: +32(0)9 264 62 19

E-mail:

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Medical sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Medical sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Pharmacological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Technology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Ghent University
Belgium
Gent
9000
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

EURAXESS offer ID: 286419
Posting organisation offer ID: 111166