The MeBioS postharvest group of the Department of Biosystems, is looking for a motivated PhD candidate to study the changes in volatile production of citrus fruit in response false codling moth infestation closely working together with Citrus Research International (CRI) from South Africa. The lab of Prof. Nicolai consists of a team of young, dynamic and enthusiastic researchers that focus their research on the interaction between biological systems and physical processes. An important research area is the understanding and quantification of the fundamental principles underlying the functioning of complex biological system of perishable fruits and vegetables. Your work would focus on postharvest flavour quality. We offer a stimulating work environment for those who are interested in scientific research on the verge of fundamental and applied research, with a high relevance to making a more sustainable world.
The false codling moth (FCM) is a regulated phytosanitary pest. Its preharvest control is nevere 100% and consequently some form of postharvest disinfectation is also required to ensure that no live larvae arrive in the market place. Fruit exported from South Africa to the EU is subjected to the False codling moth risk management system, which involves a low temperature treatment which, however, can be detrimental to fruit quality. Consequently, there is an urgent need for an accurate and effective means for detecting FCM infested fruit. The aim of your PhD is to investigate the potential of using the fruit’s volatile profile to detect the presence of FCM in citrus fruit by studying the role of volatile organic compounds during this insect-fruit interaction.
As part of your PhD research you will have to follow the doctoral training organised through the Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School. You are given the chance to participate in national and international seminars and conferences. You are expected to spread your work by writing scientific publications for leading international journals in the area of your research and contribute to the dissemination of your work to the industry. You will be strongly encouraged to participate in the daily activities of the research lab and to extend your horizons by interacting with your peers and by contributing to various research and eductional activities within the group (e.g., the supervision of exams and master thesis students). In addition you will closely interact with the South African research partners of CRI.
The lab is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a strong background in food science and interest in sensory and aroma analyses. You are eager to become part of an international interdisciplenary team to perform cutting-edge research. You have a critical mind and you are willing to learn new techniques. You are required to have a Master degree (or equivalent) Bioscience Engineering, Biology or Chemistry.
The lab offers you a 4 years PhD position. The lab will support you in all aspects in order to successfully obtain a PhD degree and a proper scientific training. You will be given opportunities to participate at national and international meetings and to visit the South African research partners to further widen your research experience.
For more information please contact Dr. Maarten Hertog, tel.: +32 16 32 23 76, mail: email@example.com.You can apply for this job no later than July 31, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.