PhD opportunity in Ghent University


Vacancy PhD student GlycoProfit project

Position: PhD student at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition (Prof. John Van Camp), nutriFOODchem

Duration of the project: 3 to 4 years, starting date: (preferentially) September 2017

Aim of the project:

This project is situated within the framework of a 4-year during Strategic Basic Research (SBO) project GlycoProfit in which the health potential of alternative oligomeric sugars is investigated. The overall goal of this project is to explore the construction of novel combinations of glycosidic bonds between sugar monomers using microorganisms, and to investigate the health impact and functionality of these novel sugars. This research may boost the development of novel sugars with well documented effects on health, and hence inspire food industries to incorporate these sucrose alternatives into their products. In addition, this SBO project offers an excellent platform in which the (academic) research units can work closely together with the (inter)national food industry.

Tasks of nutriFOODchem within this project is to investigate (i) the caloric value of these novel sugars using well-standardized in vitro digestion models of the upper gastro-intestinal tract, and (ii) to test their impact on energy production, intestinal cell barrier and molecular parameters involved in diabetes and metabolic syndrome using human cell (co-)cultures.

We can offer:

–          An interesting and multidisciplinary project within the context of functional foods and sugar related health endpoints

–          3 to 4 years of funding to obtain your PhD degree

–          Several opportunities for (inter)national collaboration with (academic) research institutes and industries

–          Travel opportunities to attend meetings and to present your work within an (inter)national context

Your profile:

–          A Master degree in biological sciences (Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Bio-engineering, Food Sciences, (Bio)-medical sciences, …)

–          You are a collaborative, motivated and dynamic person who likes to work in a multidisciplinary research environment

–          Scientific reliability, accuracy and creativity are your top priorities in research

–          You have good communication skills (written and oral)

–          You have a strong knowledge of the English language

–          Knowledge/practical work experience in analysis of biomolecules and cell culture work is an advantage

Contact: CV can be sent to and before 14th July, 2017.

Call for Articles – UBC INK Journal


INK ….Do you want to…


Bring more attention to the research you have worked so hard to produce?

Develop skills in communicating your work to a general audience?

Build connections with other researchers in the UBC community?   

If your answer is yes, then submit an article of your work to INK (Ideas, Numbers, Knowledge)! 

INK is a non-academic, student-run journal that amasses knowledge from across the disciplines. The journal offers a platform for bright and motivated students to communicate their work in a way that can be understood by someone outside of their field of expertise. It also hosts interdisciplinary discussions on real world problems, and serves as a vehicle for knowledge sharing and collaboration.  

Our team aims to bring together academic communities from across UBC and beyond to enhance sharing and communication of knowledge. We disseminate innovative thinking that addresses practical issues in society, and we offer students a niche for their ideas as well as involvement in the actual publication process. 

We are currently accepting submissions for our August 2017 issue. The deadline for submission is July 31st, 2017. Graduate students will receive a $100 honorarium for successfully published articles. For more information, please visit our website:

 Please submit your article to INK’s Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Jones at 

 Kind regards, 

Maria Zhu | MSc Candidate in Neuroscience
Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre
University of British Columbia

M30B, Purdy Pavilion

2221 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2B5
Tel: (604) 345-0665

Join the Let’s Talk Science Coordinating Team: Deadline Friday 14th July



Become a Let’s Talk Science Coordinator

We are recruiting for four new coordinators to help run Let’s Talk Science at UBC ( We are  looking for enthusiastic students or post-doctorals who have a passion for science outreach. The successful applicants will work with a dedicated group of coordinators and volunteers to engage youth in hands-on, minds-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities across Vancouver.

Training and professional development opportunities will be provided.

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th July

Our recruitment notice is attached and also can be found here:

Any questions can be sent to Ruth and Gillian at

Many Thanks,


Ruth Sharpe
Executive Coordinator, UBC Let's Talk Science
University of British Columbia
Brock Hall Annex, Room 2357B
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Nutrition Study – Research Supervisor Position


 We will be running a study on menu labelling in four cities across Canada and the US, including Vancouver, in September/October. This will be our 3rd and final wave of data collection for the project.  

We’re looking for a graduate student in Vancouver to work on the project as a research supervisor for a 4 week period. The position would be a good fit for someone who is finishing up the grad studies at the end of the summer and is looking for something temporary. Pay is $25/hour.

I’m writing to ask if you have any graduate students, or recent graduates who might be interested. If so, would you be able to circulate the attached job posting?

 2017 Supervisor Job Posting (Vancouver)

Best regards,



Christine White, MSc | Project Manager

School of Public Health & Health Systems
University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West (LHN 1706)

Waterloo ON Canada, N2L 3G1
519-888-4567 Ext. 36525

Foods 2017 Travel Awards


We recently invited you to participate in the Foods 2017 Travel Awards for junior investigators and PhD students.

These awards will help support travel for the chosen junior investigator and PhD student to present their data, in poster or oral presentations, at a scientific conference to be held between November 2017 and October 2018.

The requirements for candidate participation and application can be found at

The applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of eminent scholars in the field of food research. The Junior Investigator Award and the PhD Student Award will consist of 800 Swiss Francs, respectively. Furthermore, the award winners’ papers will be published in Foods (after peer review and appropriate revision) with a full publication fee waiver.

We are currently accepting applications for these two awards and encourage you to share this announcement with your postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students for them to submit their applications to by 30 August 2017.

Foods Editorial Office


Foods (ISSN 2304-8158, is an online and cross-disciplinary scholarly and scientific open access journal on the science of all aspects of food research.