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Ghent University, Belgium invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at Ghent University, Belgium.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Urban areas in low-lying coastal zones are typically protected from flooding due to storm surge and waves by a hybrid soft-hard coastal defence structure. Such structures combine a mild-sloped beach (soft structure) and a steep-sloped dike (hard structure). For smaller water depths on the beach (shallow water case), a surf and swash zone starts to develop in front of the dike toe. In this zone, short waves (ss) reduce in wave height by wave breaking, while longer waves or “infragravity (ig) waves” increase in wave height due to shoaling and energy transfer from the ss waves. The ig wave-related processes have a highly significant, but insufficiently investigated effect on the wave overtopping. The research aims at gaining more (quantitative) insight into the influence of ig waves on these processes and in how they can be taken into account in the design of a hybrid beach-dike coastal defence system. The research project is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), and the research consortium is composed of research groups at Ghent University, KU Leuven and Flanders Marine Institute. This vacancy pertains to research tasks carried out at the project coordinator Ghent University.

Deadline : Aug 20, 2023

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Listening to a language which is not one’s own native language can be surprisingly difficult, even for advanced learners. This is especially so when the speaker has an unfamiliar regional or non-native accent. While listeners can easily deal with variation in their native language, coping with accent variation in a non-native language is more difficult. In the case of English, with its millions of native and non-native speakers, language learners need to be able to understand a wide variety of accents in English. The aim of the project is to examine to what extent English as a Foreign Language learners experience difficulties when listening to regional and non-native accented speech, which aspects especially hamper intelligibility and how we can train learners on the perception of accented speech in English. To that end, you will run listening experiments which will inform us on the perception of phonological variation by non-native listeners, and set up training sessions to enhance learners’ ability to understand accented speech. Through the project, you will gain a deeper understanding of what causes intelligibility problems and how these can be remedied through training.

Deadline : Jul 10, 2023

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

We are looking for a PhD student for a research project on textile modelling and characterization. In this project, the main purpose is to develop a multi-scale textile modelling framework that allows accurate simulation of textile manufacturing processes such as yarn unwinding from a bobbin, weft insertion during weaving, stitching and tufting. Besides a strong numerical research focus, there is also an experimental research track focusing on advanced mechanical testing of textile materials and their connections, both on lab-scale and industrial scale (e.g. in-situ measurements on textile machines). Using techniques such as Digital Image Correlation and high speed camera’s we gain much better insights into the rate-dependent behaviour of different textile materials, ranging from yarn to fabric. These measurements will also serve as input to and validation of the numerical models. This PhD requires an experimentalist to do the mechanical characterization of textile materials and their connections at different scales. The PhD researcher will be part of a team of 4 researchers (3 PhD students and one postdoctoral researcher) who will all work on this large research project.

Deadline : Sep 30, 2023

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

This project proposes a framework in which psychometric items such as responses to questionnaires or clinical symptoms are grouped together in terms of their informational content, which can be classified as synergistic or redundant.
This approach will extend and complement the emerging field of network psychometrics, providing advances and solutions that are both statistical and conceptual. The implemented tools will allow researchers in psychometrics to focus on the higher order behavior of the data, moving beyond a pairwise network representation. The goal of this project is to reanalyze datasets which have been represented as pairwise networks, and provide a reinterpretation of the results, in a
complementary way with respect to the usual interpretation in terms of latent variables and factors. The concept of synergy will furthermore be used as a warning sign of impending transitions on longitudinal data with the focus on prevention of mental health issues.

Deadline : Jul 07, 2023

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The FunGen Lab (Functional Genomics Lab) invites applications for a fully-funded computational/bio-informatics PhD position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for a further 3 years (after positive evaluation), to study the regulatory landscape of genes involved in neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). The FunGen Lab is part of RARE-MED, a multidisciplinary collaboration for basic and translational research in precision medicine for rare diseases, established at Ghent University in 2019. Although recent technological improvements have led to a significant increase in diagnostic yield and identification of several novel NDD associated genes, many disease genes have yet to be discovered and, in addition, the noncoding part of the genome remains underexplored. The mission of the FunGen lab is therefore twofold: (1) to identify and characterize new candidate genes associated with NDDs and (2) to unravel regulatory mechanisms that are crucial in neurodevelopment and disease.

Deadline : Jul 31, 2023

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Avian influenza (AI) is caused by type A Influenza virus (AIV) classified into 18 hemagglutinin (HA) and 9 neuraminidase (NA) subtypes. High pathogenicity strains (HPAI) H5 and H7 produce severe systemic disease in gallinaceous poultry. High pathogenic strains have also zoonotic potential. The 2020–2021 AI epidemic with a total of 3777 reported HPAI detections and approximately 22 900 000 affected poultry birds in 31 European Countries appears to be one of the largest HPAI epidemics that has ever occurred in Europe.In Europe, biosecurity is the primary preventive control measure but weaknesses in biosecurity systems can result in AIV infection on some farms like free range housed poultry. When outbreaks with HPAI occur virus elimination is the preferred strategy for AI-free countries. This is also the case in Europe where stamping out programmes are legally enforced. Only since very recently, the Animal Health Law (EU 2016/429) gives its European member states the opportunity to include prophylactic vaccination against HPAI in their national legislation. Because influenza A viruses undergo rapid molecular changes because of genetic drift and shift, development of a vaccine platform that is flexible, allows rapid production and gives rise to a high protective immunity against influenza virus strains is needed. Most influenza vaccines are manufactured using inactivated viruses or live attenuated vaccines. Their production is rather slow, time consuming and uses eggs for growth of the influenza virus during which mutation can occur, possibly affecting vaccine efficacy. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are capable to strongly stimulate the adaptive immune system, can be rapidly designed and allow scalable manufacturing in a generic and much cheaper production process without the concern of vector immunity as is the case for vaccines based viral vectors. Due to the self-replicating ability, sa-mRNAs show a higher and longer mRNA expression as well as a stronger immunogenicity in vivo and therefore have the potential to overcome the drawbacks of the current influenza vaccines. Since only antibodies against the inserts are produced after vaccination, serological surveillance of field infection will be possible using DIVA tests that detect antibodies against other AI proteins. Based on these characteristics, sa-mRNA vaccines can contribute to a well-founded emergency and/or control measure to combat AI infections.

Deadline : Jul 31, 2023

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral fellow

The new research group of ‘Law and Diversity, connected to the Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law, is hiring a full time (100%) doctoral fellow (M/F/X) in the field of law and diversity (including the law of persons). The researcher will be hired in the context of the starting grant awarded to prof. dr. Pieter Cannoot, funded by the Special Research Fund of Ghent University.
– We offer a doctoral fellowship of 1 year, with an additional 3 years following positive evaluation
– An interesting and rewarding job, with sufficient variation. A correct and good salary, based on the official wage scales
– You work on a research project, which you – under the supervision of your promoter – may design yourself. Attached to your candidacy is a short research proposal (see below), that you would like to work on during 4 years
– Je work in a team of researchers and contribute to the activities of the research group. You may count on a respectful environment that offers maximal chances forpersonal and professional development

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

We are excited to offer an unique and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated scientist to join our team as a PhD candidate in the field of acoustics and photonics for biomedical research. This position will be based in a collaborative effort between Lille University (IEMN, France) and Ghent University (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Belgium) in the context of the ERC starting grant project DYE-LIGHT led by Prof. Félix Sauvage. As a successful candidate, you will work closely with two leading research groups in the field: the Ghent Group of Nanomedicines (Prof. Stefaan De Smedt and Prof. Félix Sauvage) and the IEMN (Prof. Michael Baudoin).The primary focus of your research will be on the experimental development of acoustic tweezers for in-vivo biomedical applications. Acoustic tweezers rely on the use of ultrasonic acoustic waves (and a nonlinear effect called the acoustic radiation force) to trap, displace and organize remotely in-vivo or in-vitro microscopic objects. The team of Lille developed some specific tweezers [1,2] for in-vitro manipulation. Using original light-based techniques developed by the team of Ghent [3-5], you will also explore photonics to trap and displace microscopic objects in vitro and in-vivo. The objective will be to compare, optimize and adapt these technologies for in vivo-applications and demonstrate their outstanding possibility for non-invasive microsurgery.

Deadline : Jul 31, 2023

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Our research group currently is involved in research projects in the energy domain, including mostly smart grid applications. The focus of our AI4E team in these projects is on data analytics, as well as coordination algorithms for, e.g., demand response. A major objective of the applications we want to support is to accommodate large penetration of renewable sources (wind mills, solar panels, etc.) without requiring excessive investments in the power grid infrastructure. This involves characterizing and eventually predicting both power generation (from renewables) and consumption behavior (and its flexibility, e.g., what portion thereof can be shifted in time), using data analytics techniques, constructing generative models, applying machine learning, etc. The next step is to actively control power consumption, e.g., by developing algorithms for energy management systems (to steer power consumption and/or decide what to use local production for, e.g., push into the grid or local storage). Your role in these projects will be to devise and evaluate cutting edge algorithms, implement them, evaluate them in case studies and report on the results in a well-structured manner. Additionally, depending on the project, this may also involve the design/implementation of software prototypes for simulation and proof-of-concept demonstrations (in lab settings, but also in live field trials). You will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers and engineers from other universities, research institutes and/or companies. As you will be dealing with several aspects of designing and evaluating systems (mathematical models, machine learning, optimization techniques, software development, simulation, etc.), the function is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate and further improve several of your mathematical and engineering skills.

Deadline : Dec 31, 2023

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The research group of prof. Bert Devriendt focuses on gut immunology and oral vaccine development. In the framework of a research project on oral vaccine development funded by FWO we are looking for a motivated PhD student. Vaccination has saved millions of lives. Current vaccines are administered via injection but these do not offer protection against infections with gut pathogens. Oral vaccines hold much promise to protect against these pathogens, but their development is challenging due to the poor uptake of vaccines by the intestinal epithelium. Our group has shown that the delivery of vaccines by recombinant antibodies to aminopeptidase N on the epithelium promotes the uptake of vaccines by the gut tissues. This in turn results in robust immune responses which protect against infection with bacterial gut pathogens. The underlying mechanisms driving this aminopeptidase N-mediated immunity however remain unclear. Using gut organoids and omics technologies you will unravel the molecular and cellular pathways behind this phenomenon and pave the way for the development of efficacious oral vaccines.

Deadline : Aug 01, 2023

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The research group of Prof. Sarah Gabriël, focusses on foodborne parasitic zoonoses. Various parasites are covered, but for the present project, the fishborne parasite Anisakis is the focus. The project ANISALL is funded by the Federale Overheidsdienst (FOD) (Belgium) and is entitled: “Anisakidae: Studying the hidden allergic concerns in fish, pork and chicken meat.” Allergen presence is a significant challenge for food operators. The zoonotic fishborne nematode Anisakis simplex causes a series of clinical manifestations among which abdominal symptoms and allergic reactions. Reports are increasingly claiming the appearance of allergic symptoms after ingestion of (fresh, frozen, or cooked) fish infested with Anisakis species. The ANISALL project entails a large-scale, quantitative study on both fish meal, and imported and local animal products (fish and meat) to determine the risk of exposure to Anisakis allergens for Belgian Anisakis-sensitized consumers. Sufficient proof-of-principle has been provided in the past that demonstrates the transmissibility of Anisakid allergenic peptides from fish meal, as a feed component, to aquacultured fish and chicken meat. Many of these food products arrive in the Belgian supermarkets and pose a potential risk to sensitized individuals.

Deadline :Jul 08, 2023

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Large numbers of young people around the world, particularly in developing countries, wish to migrate but lack the capacity to do so. This project will investigate conceptually and empirically the extent to which this phenomenon, which has been called ‘involuntary immobility’, affects human development, focusing on three dimensions: individuals’ subjective well-being and mental health, their life aspirations, and behavioural responses and alternatives for migration. The PhD candidate is expected to work and conduct research on the dynamic nexus between aspirations and behaviour triggered by involuntary immobility, focusing on youth in Senegal. The PhD candidate will further contribute to the administrative tasks of the project and conduct a PhD project that relates to and uses the data of the project.

Deadline : Jun 27, 2023

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral fellow

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

Deadline : Jul 07, 2023

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Personal Genomics is now becoming a reality, thanks to the steadily increasing availability of affordable sequencing technology. Despite the great promise of genomics for personal health and precision medicine, most institutions, as well as individuals, are hesitant to share genomic data. Principal reasons are the risk of unethical handling of the data, for example leading to higher insurance costs at the level of individuals. Hence, the build-up of trust for sharing this highly sensitive, identifiable personal information is critical, individually, nation-wide, and internationally. Decentralization efforts such as Solid offer a solution to these problems. Solid allows users to be in full control over their own data, where applications need to ask them for permission to access their data, instead of the other way around. The combination of Solid and Genomics leads to “Genome Pods” where individuals can store their genome data inside a personal repository.
Considering the massive scale of genomic data, major challenges arise when querying over this data, especially when it is distributed across multiple Genome Pods. The goal of this PhD is to investigate and design highly performant query execution algorithms, so that query-driven applications can offer valuable insights into this genomic data.

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programs that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.

Deadline : Jul 24, 2023 

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Recently, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) have received significant research attention mainly because of their use as active layer in perovskite solar cells (PSC). HOIPs can be prepared spanning the whole range of dimensionalities: 3D, 2D, 1D and 0D. This results in a class of hybrid materials with highly tunable compositions, structures and properties. After the rise of the 3D HOIPS for use in PSCs, the lower-dimensional 2D hybrids are currently receiving increased attention. These 2D HOIPs consist of an organic layer, sandwiched between inorganic layers (templates), which relates to their generally enhanced material stability compared to the 3D HOIPs and on the other hand to their much higher degree of compositional flexibility. In order to establish structure-property relationships and improve solar cell devices, especially used as flexible thin films, we need to elucidate the exact structures of these 2D HOIPs. However, crystallization of these systems shows structural diversity, depending on the crystallization methods, thin film deposition techniques, solvents, etc. used. Therefore, it is within the ambition of this project to unravel all details of the crystallization process and enable a deep understanding of the fundamental triggers of the growth mechanism acting on the formation of these 2D HOIPs.

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral fellow

The Gut-Liver ImmunoPharmacology unit is seeking for a highly motivated PhD student for a (translational research) project focusing on the gut-liver axis. Within this project, you will be involved in further unraveling the interconnection between the liver and the gut in the context of chronic liver diseases. The project is embedded in the translational research focus of the team. You will make use of human samples, animal models and in vitro assays; techniques include (but not limited): qR T-PCR, ELISA, Western blot, luminex, flow cytometry, FACS, (single cell) RNA-seq.

Deadline : Jul 15, 2023

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral fellow

We are recruiting one full-time PhD fellow with an interest in technological evolutions and their impact on the operational future of policing to complete the Horizon Europe research project “AHEAD Toward Sustainable Foresight Capabilities for Increased Civil Security”. You will be expected to complete a PhD study on the topic of “increased foresight capacity for civil security”. The main goal is to develop a sustainable capability-based civil security foresight framework that allows European civil security agencies to anticipate for technology megatrends but also contextual elements (e.g., legal, ethical, societal, economic) in their operations. To do so, you will closely collaborate with law enforcement agencies and civil security practitioners across Europe. You will take primary responsibility for the scientific preparation, follow-up, implementation, and completion of this project. This includes collecting, processing, and analyzing data (quantitative and qualitative), implementing foresight exercises, presenting intermediate results at project consortium meetings and international conferences, and publishing findings in academic journals. As a PhD student, you will be supervised by Prof. Christophe Vandeviver (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law) and Dr. Arne Dormaels (i4S—Smart Solutions for Secure Societies, AUGent Business Development Consortium). You will be based at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law. Ultimately, this should allow you to complete a PhD study and obtain the degree of Doctor in Criminological Sciences.

Deadline : Jul 02, 2023

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(19) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Working as a scientist within this environment of the IDLab group can be a truly enriching experience. You will gain a lot of expertise within different application domains and the stimulating interdisciplinary environment at IMEC will allow you to work with important players in the field, giving you a valuable insight in the industry. We work with a very diverse range of industrial and governmental actors: big companies like Arcelor-Mittal, Proximus, Western Digital, Nokia, Telenet; small and medium sized enterprises like Androme, Be-Mobile, Comsof, DigiPolis, OneAccess, Televic, ZapFi; as well as organizations and institutions like De Lijn, city of Ghent, Farys, different hospitals, etc. The research topic DNA (short for “Design of Networking Algorithms”) studies data structures and algorithms for networking in its broadest sense: from social networks over biological networks to transportation networks. Indeed, the group started research on telecommunication network algorithms, but quickly found innovative ways to apply these techniques to other networking-related domains. From a theoretical point-of-view, the data structures and algorithms are the same, and as such the group’s expertise and code-base is highly valued in both academic as well as industrial environments.

Deadline : Sep 30, 2023 

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(20) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Working as a scientist within this environment of the IDLab group can be a truly enriching experience. You will gain a lot of expertise within different application domains and the stimulating interdisciplinary environment at IMEC will allow you to work with important players in the field, giving you a valuable insight in the industry. We work with a very diverse range of industrial and governmental actors: big companies like Arcelor-Mittal, Proximus, Western Digital, Nokia, Telenet; small and medium sized enterprises like Androme, Be-Mobile, Comsof, DigiPolis, One Access, Televic, ZapFi; as well as organizations and institutions like De Lijn, city of Ghent, Farys, different hospitals, etc. The research topic DNA (short for “Design of Networking Algorithms”) studies data structures and algorithms for networking in its broadest sense: from social networks over biological networks to transportation networks. Indeed, the group started research on telecommunication network algorithms, but quickly found innovative ways to apply these techniques to other networking-related domains. From a theoretical point-of-view, the data structures and algorithms are the same, and as such the group’s expertise and code-base is highly valued in both academic as well as industrial environments.

Deadline : Sep 30, 2023 

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(21) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The Ghent Health Psychology Lab ((https://ghplab.ugent.be) in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University is recruiting a full-time Ph.D. student to work on an FWO funded project focusing on the fascinating interplay between (chronic) pain, cognitive functioning, and effort-based decision-making. Pain is a common aversive bodily sensation that interferes with cognitive functioning and, when it becomes chronic, has substantial impact, both at the individual and societal level. The project aims at increasing our understanding of how (chronic) pain influences cognitive task performance, and how effort-based decision-making plays a role in this. Behavioral, neurophysiological (EEG), and psychophysiological (cardiac reactivity) methods are adopted to allow a comprehensive view on how effort-based processes during cognitive task performance are affected by acute (experimental) and chronic pain. It is expected that the project will significantly advance understanding of pain-related cognitive interference and will provide new routes for interventions.

Deadline : Jul 13, 2023

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The Internet Technology & Data Science Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. Bringing together more than 300 internet and data experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations. Moreover, the use of drones can reduce the risk to first responders and emergency personnel who might otherwise have to enter dangerous or unstable areas to gather information. Drones can also help to identify potential hazards or dangers that may not be visible from ground-level, such as gas leaks or downed power lines.

Deadline :Sep 30, 2023

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

We are looking for a PhD student for a research project on textile modelling. In this project, the main purpose is to develop a multi-scale textile modelling framework that allows accurate simulation of textile manufacturing processes such as yarn unwinding from a bobbin, weft insertion during weaving, stitching and tufting. This framework is implemented using finite element modelling as well as virtual fibre modelling. Big challenges here are the high anisotropy, low bending stiffness and non-linear behaviour of most textile materials, as well as the dynamics of manufacturing systems as most production happens at very high speeds. Moreover, the approach should entail both kinematics as well as mechanics such that predictive simulations of textile manufacturing can be made. This is still a very new research topic and many scientific questions remain unanswered. The PhD researcher will be part of a team of 4 researchers (3 PhD students and one postdoctoral researcher) who will all work on this large research project.

Deadline : Sep 30, 2023 

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(24) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The current PhD position is available for a highly motivated candidate to work on a granted multi-disciplinary project within the research group of Prof. Mo Lamkanfi, and involving several other research groups at Ghent University. The main aims of the PhD project is to define molecular mechanisms regulating cell death induction by Gasdermin family members and to address their role in cancer and autoinflammatory diseases. In this regard, the PhD student will setup experiments using cutting-edge CRISPR-Cas9 genome-wide screening approaches and retroviral transduction technologies to discover and functionally knockout or tag potential genes that modulate lytic cell death activation in primary hematopoietic and epithelial cells of human and murine origin. In this project, we will also make use of advanced confocal microscopy, flow cytometry and mouse transgenesis to understand how lytic cell death contributes to inflammatory and neoplastic pathology.

Deadline :Jul 02, 2023

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(25) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Sign languages are the primary form of communication for many deaf or hard of hearing people. Over the last decade, UGent’s AIRO team has performed research on automatically extracting information from sign language videos by developing powerful AI -models. In the SignON-project (https://signon-project.eu), the models developed at UGent are currently being integrated into a first prototype of an app that can translate in any direction between a number of European sign languages and a number of European spoken languages. At present, the technology for sign language translation is in principle available: the main limitation for achieving good accuracy is the lack of data. Each step in the SignON project was taken in close interaction with the user community, represented by the European Union of the Deaf as well as several regional representatives (e.g., in Flanders, VGTC – Centrum voor Vlaamse Gebarentaal). Now that SignON is approaching its end, UGent-AIRO wants to build upon the expertise it has developed and continue to collaborate with both, Deaf communities and sign language linguistic researchers such that they can maximally benefit from the models and know-how that have already been created and to exploit new opportunities.

Deadline : Jul 23, 2023 

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(26) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience Lab (https://pan.ugent.be) in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University is recruiting a full-time Ph.D. student to work on a BOF funded project focusing on the early detection of recurrent depressive episodes in individuals remitted from depression. The project aims at developing an early warning system that is suitable for this population based on the integration of psychological, psychophysiological, and contextual information. This PhD position will be part of the larger project that is interdisciplinary in nature. It is expected that the project will significantly advance understanding of individual risk factors for recurrent depression. You will focus on academic research in preparation of a Ph.D. thesis for at least 90% of the time. In the remaining time, you will assist in teaching activities (including the guidance of master dissertations) and in service tasks of the research group and the department. You will work, under the supervision of Prof. Ernst Koster in the Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience Lab. The research project is embedded in an interdisciplinary collaboration involving Prof Rudi De Raedt (Psychology), Prof. Lieven De Marez (Communication Science), Sofie Van Hoecke (Engineering), and Marie-Anne Vanderhasselt (Medical Psychology).

Deadline : Jul 16, 2023

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(27) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Ultrasound has gained attention in the last decade for the application of high-precision non-invasive neuromodulation. In contrast to existing electrostimulation technologies, ultrasound can reach deep targets with millimeter precision and without surgery. However, limited understanding of the mechanisms by which ultrasound interacts with neurons has hampered systematic neural engineering studies, that aim to design ultrasound neuromodulation therapies for the treatment of brain and peripheral nervous system disorders. The offered PhD position is embedded within an international project, with the aim to develop an experimentally validated computational pipeline of ultrasound propagation and neuron-coupling for non-invasive peripheral nervous system stimulation. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary and international consortium, consisting of Ghent University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the IT’IS foundation (ETH Zurich).

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023

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(28) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Recent evolutions in wireless networks have complexified the interactions, due to the deployment of Internet of Things (and the corresponding increase in the number of devices), and the deployment of ever more complex services offered at a cellular level (the so-called fog computing paradigm). These new trends have as a consequence that traditional performance evaluation techniques (which subsume either a static topology of the network or else a clearly identifiable bottleneck) are no longer adequate. In this project, we will investigate more advanced techniques based on complex network theory and random graph theory in order to bridge this gap. We thus aim to find a more fleshed-out view of the intersection of these two crucial parts of modern performance evaluation. This proposal has the potential to be of valuable interest to various actors such as, telecom operators, mobile app developers and manufacturing plants deploying IoT technology.

Deadline : Jun 25, 2023

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(29) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Interaction effects are ubiquitous in social science research, and detecting them in data is an important goal for any researchers. In linear regression, where all variables are observed, we can represent an interaction effect simply by adding an interaction term that multiplies the two variables of interest. Unfortunately, when variables are latent, including interaction effects in the model is far from trivial. In this project, we exploit the two-stage nature of the structural-after-measurement (SAM) framework to easily include latent interaction and quadratic terms. The goal of the project is 1) to refine and simplify the expressions for the augmented summary statistics of the latent variables, 2) to derive new formulas to compute two-step corrected standard errors, 3) to test the method and to compare it to other methods in a large simulation study, and 4) to implement the technology in the open-source R package lavaan (https://lavaan.org)

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023

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(30) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

IDLab is a research group of UGent, as well as a core research group of imec. IDLab performs fundamental and applied research on data science and internet technology, and counts over 300 researchers. Our major research areas are machine learning and data mining; semantic intelligence; multimedia processing; distributed intelligence for IoT; cloud and big data infrastructures; wireless and fixed networking; electromagnetics, RF and high-speed circuits and systems. The AIRO (“AI and robotics”) team of IDLab has been studying various kinds of neural networks for more than 20 years. Our focus is on applications in robotics and in human-AI interaction. AIRO has been at the forefront of deep learning research ever since it became popular a decade ago. Illustrative of this success are an excellent track record at Kaggle competitions. thanks to a consistent focus on innovative ideas that are somewhat outside the mainstream “AI-hype”, many of our former PhD students are now working at top commercial research labs, such as Deepmind or Google Brain, or hold strategic senior R&D positions in companies.

Deadline :Aug 31, 2023

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(31) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Applications are invited for a PhD position at Ghent University in the field of Children’s Literature. The research project on which the PhD candidate will be employed is supervised by Prof. Dr. Elly McCausland. Candidates are invited to propose their own project, which must be in the field of children’s literature, and combine theoretical inquiry with textual analysis. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, children’s literature and the environment; young adult dystopia; adaptations of canonical texts for children; medievalism in children’s literature; nineteenth-century children’s literature; representations of risk and adventure in children’s literature; play in children’s literature; fantasy and fairytale.

Deadline : Aug 31, 2023

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(32) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The activities of the Ph.D. position are embedded in this stimulating environment with a focus on data-efficient machine learning (or surrogate modeling) techniques to solve complex and challenging engineering problems with use cases from various engineering disciplines such as electrical and mechanical engineering. In particular, the goal of the Ph.D. research is to design tools and techniques to improve key parts of the engineering design pipeline, aiding designers in several computer-aided design (CAD; design and analysis of computer experiments) activities such as uncertainty quantification, calibration, sensitivity analysis, design space exploration, and optimization, etc. Machine learning algorithms such as Gaussian Processes and Bayesian optimization will be used to create a modern design flow, e.g., for the efficient design of electromagnetic and electronics circuits. This includes techniques for physics-informed modeling, generative design, preference-based learning, explainable engineering design, spatiotemporal modeling, free-form topology and shape optimization, efficient data collection, labeling, etc. The proposed Ph.D. research is defined within the context of several national and international research projects on automation in machine learning (AutoML).
For more information on the research see https://sumo.intec.ugent.be/home

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023

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(33) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

We are looking for highly motivated PhD and/or postdoc candidates with a background in photonics and an interest in machine learning, to do research in the field of photonic neuromorphic computing, an exciting new paradigm of photonics information processing. As a group, we have been active in this field for over 10 years, both at the simulation level and at the experimental level. E.g., we were the first to fabricate silicon photonics chips based on reservoir computing (a variant of recurrent neural networks) [Vandoorne et al., Nature Communications 5 3541, 2014]. We also used neuromorphic chips to show the experimental realisation of nonlinear dispersion compensation in a directly-modulated telecom link [S. Sackesyn et al., Optics Express, 29, 20, 30991, 2021]. Recently, we used neuromorphic principles to speed up the classification of different particles in flow cytometry [M. Gouda et al., JSTQE, 29, 2, 7600608, 2023].

Deadline : Aug 01, 2023 

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(34) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Plant tissue culture and regeneration is used to propagate selected plant material, to create transgenic crops, to preserve species and varieties, and to rescue or select unique genotypes for breeding. While this method works well from some crops, many plant species and varieties are rather difficult to regenerate. Researchers vary the media composition and hormones to obtain a successful protocol. However, environmental factors such as temperature are also important. In recent years it has been shown that high temperature conditions can improve the efficiency of plant regeneration. We want to know how heat stress regimes increase the competence of callus to regenerate. In this project, we investigate HEAT SHOCK FACTORS (HSF) transcription factors and how they are involved in shoot regeneration from callus. The HSF, co-regulator, and the regulatory network responsible for improved regeneration under high temperature will be studied. The results of this project will provide a better insight in how temperature can be implemented to optimize regeneration.

Deadline : Aug 01, 2023 

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(35) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Since the rise of social networks, daily exposure to fellow users’ opinions and comments has become a constant in many people’s lives. In order to automatically detect the reasoning underlying users’ opinions on political issues of public interest, this project aims to research a new methodology for argumentation mining of social media data in Dutch and English. The PhD student will research a novel framework and methodology to automatically extract topics, stance and argument structures from (political) social media data. A varied social media corpus will be collected and annotated. The insights gained from a pilot annotation study for Dutch will form the basis of a machine learning approach to automatically extract topics, stance and argumentative components and relations from our corpus. The results of this research will push the state-of-the-art in natural language understanding and help communication scientists and social scientists to formulate new hypotheses regarding the evolution of digital politics.

Deadline : Aug 29, 2023

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(36) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The research group of Prof. Tom Taghon (www.taghonlab.ugent.be), located in Ghent, Belgium, is looking for a talented and highly motivated PhD student to join our team. Research in our lab is focused on uncovering the molecular mechanisms that control hematopoiesis and particularly T cell development in human in normal and malignant settings (Liang et al., Nature Immunology 2023; Roels et al., Nature Immunology 2020; Lavaert et al., Immunity 2020; Goossens et al., Haematologica 2019; Van de Walle et al., Nature Communications 2016). Some transcription factors that are important for normal blood cell differentiation are indeed also implicated in leukemic transformation when mutated or misexpressed. This is for instance the case for GATA3 for which mutations have been described in early T cell precursor-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ETP-ALL). We are looking for a PhD student that will focus on unraveling the mechanisms through which GATA3 mutations or misexpression contribute to the emergence and maintenance of ALL. To achieve this, the successful candidate will have access to primary human cells (stem cells and thymocytes), leukemic cell lines and mouse models on which he/she can apply state-of-the-art molecular, flow cytometric and cell culture approaches. Techniques include single cell RNAseq (Liang et al., Nature Immunology 2023; Park et al., Science 2020), CITEseq (Lavaert et al., Immunity 2020) and ATACseq (Roels et al., Nature Immunology 2020), high-end flow cytometry and cell sorting, in vitro cell cultures and organoids for hematopoietic stem cell differentiation (Dolens and Taghon, Nature Methods 2017) and in vivo (xenograft) mouse models. You will work together with an international group of postdocs, PhD students and technicians in the Medical Research Building2 on the Ghent University Hospital campus that provides access to cutting-edge technology and facilities, and that houses leading research groups in the field of Immunology and Oncology, thereby providing a state-of-the-art and stimulating research environment.

Deadline :Jul 31, 2023

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(37) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

IDLab is a research group of Ghent University, as well as a core research group of imec. IDLab performs fundamental and applied research on data science and internet technology and counts over 300 researchers. IDLab is also part of imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique.
The NetModel team within IDLab where this vacancy is offered, consists of engineers and scientists who are building models for the future Internet. NetModel investigates network control mechanisms, network optimization and performance-related aspects of networks. The group has a strong track record in the domains of optical networks, network performance optimization, and sofware-defined networking.

Deadline : Aug 31, 2023

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(38) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

As PhD Candidate in legal history, you will analyse the historical use of emergency powers and emergency legislation during the 20th century and early 21st century in Europe. The project EMERGE hypothesizes that the enactment of emergency legislation determines substantial and lasting changes to fundamental rights, the principle of the rule of law as well as the commitment to liberal values of equality before the law and universalism of rights. This hypothesis will be tested against five key moments in the constitutional and legal history of five European jurisdictions during the last century (c.1914-c.2020). The PhD Candidates will analyse the historical context, the law and the practice of emergency in five countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, and the United Kingdom). The first PhD position is concerned with Belgium, the second PhD position with France, the third one with Germany (including the GDR), the fourth one with Romania and the fifth one with the United Kingdom (with a focus of Northern Ireland).

Deadline :Aug 31, 2023

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(39) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Given the drastic increase in the use of (prescription) opioids and associated health risks for patients, the Belgian health care system is implementing all kinds of measures to reduce this use. While such policies seem effective in the US, they also created a climate of stigma around opioid use, including in clinical settings. When stigma also manifests itself within the broader social network of patients, it can contribute to decreased well-being and less successful treatment of patients. However, basic research on the conceptualization of opioid-related stigma within patients’ broader social environment (i.e., society, formal network, informal network) is lacking. This project aims to conceptualize and study opioid-related stigma from an interdisciplinary perspective, and within the different levels of the social environment of patients with chronic pain. More specifically, this project aims to answer the following research questions:

Deadline : Jul 12, 2023

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(40) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The Lung Research Lab of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Ghent University Hospital is looking for a highly motivated researcher to join the team. More specifically, we are looking for a PhD student who will be involved in translational research into the pathogenesis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Worldwide more than 300 million people suffer from COPD and more than 3 million people die from COPD each year, making it the third leading cause of death. Disturbances in pulmonary cell death pathways (including apoptosis, necroptosis and ferroptosis), as well as impaired clearance of dead and dying cells (also called efferocytosis), contribute to the chronic inflammation and tissue destruction in patients with COPD. The aims of this FWO funded research project are to characterize the pathogenic contribution of different modes of regulated cell death and to elucidate the defects in the different phases of efferocytosis in both experimental and human COPD. We offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary academic research environment. As this project is a collaboration with the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, a research stay in Australia is possible and encouraged.

Deadline : Jun 30, 2023 

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(41) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

imec is a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 4000 brilliant minds from over 97 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer. IDLab research group @ Ghent University/ imec
The Internet Technology & Data Science Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. Bringing together more than 300 internet experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.
IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centers worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies with industry (R&D centers from international companies, Flanders’ top innovating large companies and SMEs, as well as numerous ambitious start-ups). The IDLab techno-economics team where this vacancy is offered http://technoeconomics.idlab.ugent.be/ consists of engineers and economists who are supporting decision makers by translating technological innovation into business opportunities and challenges in different application domains like smart cities, smart mobility and smart energy. The group aims at providing research insights that help companies and policy makers in their decision making. Our research aims to put forward methodology-backed insights that combine technical solutions with expected economic impact like costs, benefits and related business models.
Techno-economic analysis of data-enabled ecosystems based on Solid technology

Deadline : Aug 31, 2023

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(42) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Plants sense the presence of nutrients in the environment through their roots. Phosphate is one of the essential nutrients for plant development, but its application in agriculture depends on strict regulation (European Green Deal and the derived national/local legislation). Moreover, the resource rock phosphate is limited and the options to return to a circular phosphate usage in agriculture have to be investigated. Especially for an essential nutrient such as phosphate deficits and excess result in architectural adaptations of the plants to meet the needs, usage, and growth with the environmental supplies. Whereas the root adaptation phenotypes are known, the early priming responses resulting in this architectural adaptation are not well studied. In the PiLESS research group we will build the technology to visualize root responses to external phosphate conditions in real-time. Integrating microfluidics technology with a vertical microscope will be an exciting challenge. However, this imaging platform will allow us to determine the exact timing of the earliest occurring molecular signaling events on phosphate depletion or excess. These molecular events will then be studied by modern technologies involving transcriptomics and (phospho)proteomics in order to expose novel elements of the signaling pathway(s). Results of this project will lead to the development of a phosphate sensor, knowledge about fast nutrient-dependent signaling/priming events and potential validation in tomato. The integrative research approach will build an excellent skillset for a further scientific career as a postdoc or in industry.

Deadline :Aug 15, 2023

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(43) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

The Upper Airways Research lab (URL) is currently looking for an enthusiastic student to join our team. The URL is renown research lab in the field of immunology, rhinology and mucosal immunology. You will be joining the team to work on an FWO funded project which aims at elucidating mucosal B cell responses in allergic airway disease. In this project, you will be expected to implement state-of-the-art flow cytometry, imaging and sequencing in both murine samples as well as on human patient samples. We offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary academic research environment.

Deadline : Jul 03, 2023

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(44) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Heat waves have become a common occurrence that is seriously affecting the production of seeds and fruits, and in general agricultural productivity. Even very short periods of high temperatures during sexual reproduction have already a devastating impact. Why in particular the process of meiosis and gamete development are highly sensitive to heat is an important unanswered question in plant biology. Horticell investigates the underlying molecular processes that are the cause for heat inflicted loss of fertility, and in this context, we identified several genetic factors involved. The proposed PhD project dives into the study of these genes with the aim to reveal how the reproductive system responds to heat stress and what signaling and repair pathways are being activated to mitigate the damage. By investigating one of the genes involved, we identified a new mechanism that plants, and possibly even other eukaryote organisms, use to cope with heat stress. The goal of the PhD project is to determine what molecular processes get activated to avoid or overcame cellular damage in male meiosis and microspores. The results are highly valuable to adjust crop cultivation methods and to design genome selection schemes in plant breeding programs.

Deadline : Aug 01, 2023

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(45) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Student

Listening to a language which is not one’s own native language can be surprisingly difficult, even for advanced learners. This is especially so when the speaker has an unfamiliar regional or non-native accent. While listeners can easily deal with variation in their native language, coping with accent variation in a non-native language is more difficult. In the case of English, with its millions of native and non-native speakers, language learners need to be able to understand a wide variety of accents in English. The aim of the project is to examine to what extent English as a Foreign Language learners experience difficulties when listening to regional and non-native accented speech, which aspects especially hamper intelligibility and how we can train learners on the perception of accented speech in English. To that end, you will run listening experiments which will inform us on the perception of phonological variation by non-native listeners, and set up training sessions to enhance learners’ ability to understand accented speech. Through the project, you will gain a deeper understanding of what causes intelligibility problems and how these can be remedied through training.

Deadline : Jul 10, 2023 

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About Ghent University, Belgium  –Official Website

Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established 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. In 1930, the university became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium, whereas French had previously been the standard academic language in what was Université de Gand. In 1991, it was granted major autonomy and changed its name accordingly from State University of Ghent (Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Gent, abbreviated as RUG) to its current designation.

In contrast to the Catholic University of Leuven or the Free University of Brussels, UGent considers itself a pluralist university in a special sense, i.e. not connected to any particular religion or political ideology. Its motto Inter Utrumque (‘In Between Both Extremes’), on the coat of arms, suggests the acquisition of wisdom and science comes only in an atmosphere of peace, when the institution is fully supported by the monarchy and fatherland.

Ghent University is one of the biggest Flemish universities, consisting of 44,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The University also supports the University Library and the University Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. It is one of the greatest beneficiaries of funding from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). Ghent University consistently rates among the top 100 universities in the world.

 

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