Tailored opportunities: PhD student in poultry disease at the University of Ghent, Belgium


PhD candidate position in close collaboration with industry (Baekeland mandate) on the development of blood-based biomarkers for the evaluation of intestinal health in broiler chickens Intestinal health of poultry has broad implications for the systemic health of birds, animal welfare, animal performances, food safety, and environmental impact. The gastrointestinal tract has digestive, absorptive, metabolic, immunological and endocrinological functions. In poultry production, major problems are of intestinal origin, including gut inflammation, dysbiosis and intestinal pathogens, including Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens. Besides, also mycotoxins and heat stress have been shown to have severe negative impact on intestinal health. The last decade, a variety of products have been developed as feed additives to stimulate intestinal health. However, in order to diagnose gut health problems and to demonstrate efficacy of these feed additives under experimental and field conditions, efficient biomarkers are necessary. Therefore, the aim of this PhD project is to develop blood-based biomarkers for the evaluation of gut health in broiler chickens, and subsequently validate these markers using different challenges in combination with different feed additives.


Profile of candidate

  • Master degree in Bioscience Engineering, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills and proficient in English
  • Highly motivated and team-oriented
  • You are driven to explore research questions independently and in depth
  • You have a specific interest in research valorisation and feed additive industry


Deadline for application is Aug 31, 2019


Send your motivation letter, scientific resume, relevant publications (when applicable), and two reference contacts to Prof. dr. Gunther Antonissen (gunther.antonissen@ugent.be) with dr. Astrid Koppenol in cc (akoppenol@impextraco.be) by e-mail before August 31, 2019. After a first screening, suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

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