This to bring to the notice of the public that the Ghent University Renard Centre of Marine Geology (Department of Geology) is offering a PhD position in the structure of the FWO research project DynaMOD “an oceanographic and sediment DYNamic MODelling study of MOunded contourite Drifts”.

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The PhD scholarship is fully funded for four years and if possible starts in April 2019. The DynaMOD project will center on the increase of bottom current intensity in the presence of a seabed with a complex topography such as cold-water coral mounds.


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The Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was founded in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly formed Belgian state began to administer the university.

Description of Scholarship

Closing date for Applications: 01 February 2019.

Degree level: Studentship is available to those who seek to pursue PhD program.

Field of Study:  The DynaMOD project will center on the increase of bottom current intensity in the presence of a seabed with a complex topography such as cold-water coral mounds.

Nationalities: Belgium nationals and International students.

Scholarship will be taken in Belgium.


  • Applicants should preferably hold a M.Sc. degree in Geology, Earth Sciences, Marine Sciences, Physical Oceanography (or equivalent).
  • The eligibility requirements of Ghent University must be met.
  • Established expertise in English is a requirement.
  • A suitable applicant is a outgoing team-player, has an interest in broadening her/his horizons across scientific disciplines and is willing to partake in marine geophysical surveys.
  • The applicant should be aware of the emphasis on both geophysical surveying and oceanographic modeling.
  • Prior experience in either geophysical processing (seismic, multi-beam) and/or physical oceanography is recommended.
  • The PhD candidate will be expected to dissipate the finds in scientific peer-reviewed journal papers, conference presentations, and a PhD dissertation, as well as through communications to the larger non-specialist audience.
  • The candidate will interact, collaborate and actively contribute to the whole of interdisciplinary activities by all agencies, international scientists (NUI Galway, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, and Royal Holloway University of London) and third parties (Flanders Marine Institute) involved in the research project.
  • Due to the international character of this study, the applicant must be willing to spend several weeks abroad within the framework of research mobility. She/he will be encouraged to strengthen the academic background and competencies, through for example assisting in teaching activities (practical exercises, field work, supervising).

Procedures for Application

How to Apply: Send your application to Prof. A Ghysels before December 17, 2018, with the subject line: “Application for PhD position- Modeling membrane permeability” You can also contact her for additional information about the vacancy.
The application should include:
– A detailed resume (personal information with biography, education & grades, publications)
– A letter of motivation, – transcripts of B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses and grades,
– A detailed Curriculum Vitae with a complete biography,
– A list of two professors who have supervised you in your B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. research project and who are willing to provide a letter of recommendation (the letter itself has not to be sent at this point).
All documents should be in PDF format and written in English.


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