Technology and Food Science Unit PhD fellowship: energy transition livestock

Do you want to help with top-research for a sustainable, future-proof livestock sector? Are you also interested in renewable energy? Then you are the colleague we are looking for!

Important information

  • Location: Merelbeke
  • Contract type: Full-time
  • Diploma: Master diploma
  • Application deadline This job listing stays open until sunday the 25th of september

Your capabilities

  • You recently obtained a Master degree in Engineering, Bio-engineering, Sciences or similar
  • You meet the generic conditions to carry out a PhD Doctoral grants: requirements and regulations - ILVO Vlaanderen
  • You have knowledge of thermodynamics, heat transfer or energy
  • You have an affinity for programming e.g. Python, R
  • You have a good written and spoken knowledge of English

Personal competencies

  • You have an analytical mind and can tackle your work in a structured way
  • You can work independently but are also a team player
  • You have a fluent pen


  • You are interested in animal husbandry

We offer

We offer you a 4 year PhD position in a collaboration between ILVO and UGent.

  • The PhD fellowship is initially offered for 1 year; after a positive evaluation it is extended to 4 years. The fellowship is exempt from income tax but does contribute to the Belgian social security system (health insurance, retirement fund, etc.)
  • The net fellowship amount at ILVO is € 2 359.99 net (€ 2 714.82 gross) for the first 2 years. During the last 2 years it is €2 471.40 net (€ 2 842.97 gross). These amounts can differ from the amounts offered at a university.
  • A varied, challenging and socially relevant job. You get a job with a lot of responsibility within a dynamic environment with attractive benefits and development opportunities.

UGent and ILVO are looking for a PhD student in the framework of the European RES4LIVE project on the topic of 'Modeling and measuring thermal comfort of pigs'. Pigs in animal husbandry grow up in a controlled environment, e.g., with mechanical ventilation and heating controlled by the temperature in the pens. However, we need more recent data on the thermal comfort of pigs of different ages. This will help to better adjust the climate control, and the design and management of stables will be able to account for this data correctly.

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Jarissa Maselyne

Data analysis and precision lifestock farming expert