PhD Student

Last application date
Aug 31, 2022 00:00
GE32 - Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Limited duration
Master degree in biomedical sciences, biotechnology, bio-informatics, computer sciences, bio-engineer, or equivalent.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The research group of Prof. Tom Taghon at Ghent University (, located in Ghent, Belgium, is looking for a talented and highly motivated PhD student with expertise in bio-informatics to join our team.

Research in our lab is focused on the functional characterization of the molecular mechanisms that control T cell development in human (Park et al., Science 2020, Lavaert et al., Immunity 2020; Roels et al., Nature Immunology 2020) and the lab is part of the Thymus human cell atlas consortium that is funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in which single cell multi-omics and spatial transcriptomics approaches are used to unravel this at the highest resolution. Successful candidates will analyze and integrate these various genomic datasets (scRNAseq, scATACseq, CITEseq, Visium, …) and implement novel computational pipelines to unlock novel insights into the mechanisms that mediate human T cell development and that will be functionally validated by wet-lab scientist.

You will work together with an international group of postdocs, PhD students and technicians in a new research building on the Ghent University Hospital campus that houses leading research groups in the field of Immunology and Genetics, thereby providing a state-of-the-art and stimulating research environment.

Job profile

  • You have strong enthusiasm for scientific research with strong knowledge of Python and/or R and with a scientific interest in the molecular genetics of immune cell development.
  • You are a highly motivated and flexible team player with the capacity to work independently.
  • You have strong research and presentation skills, illustrated by your master thesis.
  • You are ambitious and passionate about research.
  • Candidates should have a relevant master degree in biomedical sciences, biotechnology, bio-informatics, computer sciences, bio-engineer, or equivalent.

How to apply

For further information or to apply (include motivation letter, curriculum vitae with study results and contact information of two potential referees), please contact : Prof. Dr. Tom Taghon (E-mail: