Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology

Vacancies @ IMDO

The Research Group of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology (IMDO) wants to acquire

Five PhD students

to perform doctoral studies. Each of these collaborators will contribute to an internally or externally financed research project. It concerns the following subjects and projects:

1) Interaction of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts during sourdough fermentation

2) Inter-relationships between the quality of the flour, sourdough and bread produced thereof

3) Field-cereal-flour-sourdough-bread axis regarding microbial species diversity

4) Cocoa bean fermentations initiated with selected starter cultures

5) Large-scale genome sequence data mining to unravel the functionality of single bacterial species and whole microbial ecosystems involved in food fermentation processes


For more information on the topics, see this pdf document.



He/she has a university degree of MSc in Bioengineering Sciences (Chemistry or Cell and Gene Biotechnology) or equivalent, with a vast knowledge of and interest in (food) microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, fermentation technology, and/or food technology. Important additional qualifications are: sense of initiative, team spirit, sense of responsibility, motivation and dynamism, persistence, and good communication and reporting skills. Good knowledge of the English language is required.


We offer:

A young, creative, dynamic, pluralistic, and international working atmosphere. Possibilities for national and international cooperation with renowned laboratories and companies. Interesting work field with many perspectives for a future career. Salary as PhD student.


All vacancies mentioned above can be filled in immediately. If you are interested, please take contact with and send your curriculum vitae to:

Prof. Dr. ir. Luc DE VUYST

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Pleinlaan 2

B-1050 Brussels


Tel: 02/629 32 45

Fax: 02/629 27 20