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Research & Teaching Assistant (PhD candidate) – Ghent University Global Campus, Korea

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Ghent University Global Campus

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 15,000 people and having more than 44,000 students, 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 and most exciting employers in Belgium, offering great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments implementing state-of-the-art study programmes 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.

Ghent University opened the Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) in 2014, making it the first European university to be part of the Incheon Global Campus (IGC) in Incheon, South Korea. GUGC offers Bachelor of Science programmes in Molecular Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, and Food Technology, currently having an enrollment of about 450 students. Furthermore, GUGC has plant biotechnology, biomedical research, biotech data science, food technology, and environmental technology as its main research areas.

Please visit the home page of Ghent University (http://www.ugent.be/en) and Ghent University Global Campus (http://ghent.ac.kr/ | http://www.ugent.be/globalcampus/en) to learn more about our organizations.

Center for Biosystems and Biotech Data Science (KR01)

At GUGC, the mission of the Center for Biosystems and Biotech Data Science is to pursue the development of new mathematical and computational approaches for complexity reduction of biosystems and for extracting knowledge from (vast) sets of biotech data. A core technology leveraged by researchers at the center is deep machine learning, targeting the development of innovative tools and concepts in both the area of molecular biology and the field of computer vision. Furthermore, the Center for Biosystems and Biotech Data Science, which has a headcount of four professors and ten PhD students, is responsible for organizing nine courses at GUGC (for 65 ECTS), ranging from Informatics to Bioinformatics and Probability & Statistics.

Internet Technology and Data Science Lab (TW06)

The Internet Technology and Data Science Lab (IDLab) is a core research group of imec with research activities embedded in Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. IDLab performs fundamental and applied research on internet technology and data science, and is, with over 300 researchers, one of the larger research groups at imec. The research areas of IDLab cover machine learning and data mining, semantic intelligence, and cloud and big data infrastructures (a/o). Graduates of IDLab are currently working at Google DeepMind and Google Brain.

Job Summary

Full-Time Research & Teaching Assistant, PhD Candidate – Ghent University Global Campus

Department: Department of Environmental Technology, Food Technology and Molecular Biotechnology (KR01)

Department: Department of Electronics and Information Systems (TW06)

Degree: Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: computer science/engineering, informatics, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, or a related field

Contract: 1 year + 1 year + 2 years + 2 years (contract renewal is conditional on positive evaluation)

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy type: Research & Teaching Assistant (AAP)

Last application date: December 10, 2021 (applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as the position will be filled upon finding the right candidate)

Starting date: March 1, 2022 (negotiable)

Scientific supervisor: Prof. Wesley De Neve

Job Position

Ghent University Global Campus, South Korea, has a vacancy for a Research & Teaching Assistant (PhD Candidate) in the area of biotech data science, starting from March 1, 2022 (open to negotiation). This is a 1-year full time position that is renewable three times (upon favorable evaluation), for a total period of maximum 6 years.

The candidate will work as a PhD candidate at the Center for Biosystems and Biotech Data Science of the Ghent University Global campus in Korea, under the guidance of two to three doctoral advisors. In addition, the candidate will be able to spend time at the home campus in Ghent during their PhD studies (at IDLab - ELIS). For non-Korean applicants, free student accommodation and a yearly travel budget are foreseen. Ghent University Global Campus is an equal opportunities employer.

The PhD candidate is expected to spend about 50% of their assignment on supporting the department in teaching undergraduate courses in informatics and bioinformatics. These activities include for the most part the supervision of exercise sessions and computer labs, as well as assisting in the development of new course materials (e.g., assignments and exam questions), the grading of assignments and exam questions, and the supervision of yearly bachelor projects and occasional internships.

Apart from helping out with teaching, the PhD candidate is expected to perform research on the topic of (deep) machine learning, either targeting applications in the domain of biological sequence analysis (e.g., structural and functional genome annotation, protein structure prediction) or in the domain of biomedical image understanding (e.g., medical video analysis). In this respect, the candidate is expected to complete a doctoral research proposal of about 10 pages within the first six months of their appointment, containing a literature review, a set of research objectives, a work plan (work packages and a Gantt chart), and a publication plan. This doctoral research proposal is to be approved by the GUGC Campus Council (this approval is a necessary condition for the first contract extension).

The targeted doctoral degree is the degree of Doctor in Computer Science Engineering, as awarded by the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University in Belgium. More information about this doctoral degree can be found at the following URL: https://www.ugent.be/ea/en/for-phd-candidates-and-students.

Note that candidates with a non-Belgian Master’s degree need to undergo a diploma assessment, requiring the identification of a set of courses from the entire educational curriculum of the candidate that is equivalent to at least 18 ECTS credits of general courses and/or courses related to the main subject (master dissertation not included) of a Belgian Master of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.

Job Qualification (Profile of the Candidate)

  • Assist his/her supervisors in teaching undergraduate courses at Ghent University Global Campus, Korea (Informatics and Bioinformatics).

  • Conduct personal (applied) research in the area of deep machine learning, targeting applications in the domain of biological sequence analysis and/or biomedical image understanding.

  • As far as this is relevant to the candidate’s doctoral research project, assist their supervisors with tasks in ongoing and future R&D projects, and help build and sustain research collaborations with other centers at both the global campus and the home campus.

  • Present research results at internal and external events (promotional events, PhD seminars, major national and international conferences) and publish research results in peer-reviewed international journals.

Job Description

  • You hold, or you are expected to hold, by March 2022, an MSc degree in one of the following disciplines: computer science/engineering, informatics, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, or bioinformatics. Related disciplines may be considered as well.

  • You have an excellent academic record of accomplishment. In particular, you have a good command of, and a strong interest in, computer programming.

  • You are highly motivated to conduct (applied) research at the intersection of (deep) machine learning and biotechnology.

  • You have good programming skills in languages such as C++, Python, and/or R. You are familiar with the usage of GitHub.

  • You have strong analytical skills to interpret the obtained experimental results.

  • You are driven to do independent research and you have a strong self-learning ability. A creative and inquisitive attitude is a necessity.

  • You have an excellent command of English (a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT test), both written and orally.

  • You show a strong interest in tutoring students and supervising exercise classes, for small and large groups of students.

  • You are comfortable with working in an international and multi-cultural environment that is dynamic in nature (Ghent University Global Campus counts more than 20 nationalities among its PhD students).

  • You have some experience with bioinformatics, scientific computing, and machine learning.

  • Experience with a deep learning framework (e.g., PyTorch, TensorFlow, Keras) is a plus.

  • Awareness of current trends in (computational) biology, molecular biology, and/or genetics is a plus.

  • You possess good academic writing and presentation skills.

  • You have at least 3 years of relevant work experience after the Master’s degree in case you do not have the Korean nationality (this is a visa requirement of the Korean government).

  • If needed, you have the willingness to work flexible hours and to participate occasionally in events outside of the regular working hours.

Selection Criteria

  • Scientific background and knowledge

  • Educational experience

  • Programming skills (computational and algorithmic thinking)

Application Documents

  • Motivation letter

  • Full resume (CV), including at least 2 references

  • Copy of the BSc and MSc degrees

  • Transcripts (overview of study results)

  • A PDF version of your Master’s Thesis

The application documents must be merged into a single PDF file and be sent via email to Prof. Wesley De Neve (wesley.deneve@ghent.ac.kr) (subject line: Full-time PhD Position in Biotech Data Analysis). The candidate will receive an email confirming receipt of the application.

Application Process and Interview

  • Interviews will take place in stages from the first available time.

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as the position will be filled upon finding the right candidate.

We reserve the right to hold applications on file for potential future job openings.

For inquiries, please contact us via email.

Selection Process

  • CV Screening -> Interview (programming in Python and questions) -> Internal committee -> Approval -> Acceptance notice to the candidate selected.

Compensation & Benefits for the Candidate Selected

  • Basic terms of the contract

-1-year contract (renewable three times, after positive evaluation, for a total period of maximum 6 years)

  • Salary

-Starts from an Annual Base Salary of 27,375,000 KRW (Monthly Salary of 2,281,250 KRW, Gross)

  • Bonuses

-Two additional bonuses in June (92% of monthly salary) and December (100% of monthly salary)

  • Housing Unit or Housing Allowance

-A single dormitory unit operated by Incheon Global Campus (IGC) will be provided for non-Koreans. If the selected candidate has the Korean nationality or if the selected candidate is a permanent resident in Korea, then a housing unit will not be provided. Instead, a monthly Housing Allowance of 725,000 KRW will be provided.

  • Two Roundtrip Tickets to Hometown (for non-Koreans only)

-The selected candidate of non-Korean nationality will be provided, on a yearly basis, with two roundtrip tickets to their hometown (up to 4,000,000 KRW)

  • Severance

-Severance shall be paid when the contract ends and if the candidate worked for more than one year

  • Private Health Insurance

-Marsh private health insurance is provided, including basic medical reimbursements

  • Extensive Annual Paid Leave and Holidays

-The selected candidate shall have 35 days of paid annual leave per year

-Additional holidays: from Christmas (Dec 25) to New Year (Jan 1)

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