PhD position on Southern Ocean sea stars genetics available at VUB

PhD scholarship (4 years) in molecular ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Department of Biology, Marine Biology Lab, Belgium.

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We are searching for a highly motivated PhD student that will work on evolution, population genetics and connectivity in Antarctic sea stars utilising a genomics approach (DNA barcoding, microsatellites and next generation sequencing) in the framework of the interdisciplinary project.

Profile of the PhD student:

Master in (marine) biology with excellent study results
Experience in genomics (lab work and bioinformatics)
Interest in the ecology and evolution of Antarctic sea stars
Excellent oral and written English skills (see here for minimal requirements)
Willingness to participate in long sampling campaigns under extreme condition in the Southern Ocean.
Obligation to finalise a doctoral thesis within 4 years

The marine biology lab offers excellent coaching in an inspiring research environment with up-to-date research facilities in the international and multilingual capital of Europe.
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application (motivation letter, two reference letters, summary of master thesis, MSc certificate with grades, proof of proficiency in English and curriculum vitae) with the subject line “RECTO PhD scholarship application” to the head of the Marine Biology Lab, Prof. Dr. Marc Kochzius ( before 17. October 2016. Expected starting date is 01. January 2017.

Meet the Team


The Lab’s Staff include a variety of members, including Academics, Technicians, PostDocs, PhDs a secretary and Master students.

Find more about us by following the links below, or by visiting the lab’s page on Researchgate:


Philippe Dubois (Head)

Bruno Danis

Chantal De Ridder (Retired)

Isabelle George

Michel Jangoux (Retired)


Clément Thijs

Matthieu Bauwens

Philippe Pernet

Saloua M’Zoudi

PhD Students

Camille Moreau

Charlène Guillaumot

Marine Pyl

Mathilde Godefroid

Sarah Di Giglio


Laurence Demblon