Applying for a PhD?

We always welcome applications by students who want to obtain their own funding for a PhD study in line with the existing topics, alone or in cooperation with other universities or companies. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Roeland Samson with a statement of interest about your research, and the scholarship programme to which you aim to apply.
Note that the University of Antwerp only offers PhD scholarships for specific research projects; these will be advertised in our job opportunities section.

The main funding agencies for PhD scholarships in Flanders are:

  • FWO with an annual deadline of February 1st, which is open to all EU and EEA students.
  • FWO-SB for PhD projects with an applied component.

A number of other possibilities for scholarships are listed on the Scholarships pages of the University of Antwerp.

For general information on the PhD programme, see the website of the Antwerp Doctoral School.

Completed PhDs

2014-2015

Hyperspectral solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence of urban tree leaves: analyses and applications
Defended by: Shari Van Wittenberghe
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Roland Valcke

Growth and ecophysiological characterisation of the bamboo Phyllostachys humilis Muroi in a plantation in Ireland
Defended by: Davina Van Goethem
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Geert Potters

2013-2014

Leaf-deposition of particulate matter as a monitoring tool for the urban distribution of atmospheric particles: an experimental and modelling approach
Defended by: Jelle Hofman
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson

Baobab and tamarind: biology and derived food products: towards domestication in West Africa
Defended by: Nina Van den Bilcke
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson

Ecophysiology and nutritional value of the African baobab (Adansonia digitata L.)
Defended by: David Johngwoh Simbo
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson

Molecular analysis of the interaction between the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and intestinal epithelial cells.
Defended by: Marijke Segers
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Sarah Lebeer
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Jozef Vanderleyden

Molecular study of mannose binding lectin(s) of lactobacilli and their potential as HIV trap.
Defended by: Malik Shweta
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Sarah Lebeer
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Jozef Vanderleyden
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Jan Balzarin

Molecular and Functional Analyses of Lectins in Lactobacillus Rhamnosus.
Defended by: Mariya Petrova
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Sarah Lebeer
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Jozef Vanderleyden
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Jan Balzarin

2012-2013

Biomonitoring urban habitat quality based on tree leaf reflectance
Defended by: Ali Reza Khavanin Zadeh
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson
Co-supervisor: Dr. Frank Veroustraete

Biomonitoring ambient air quality using leaf characteristics of trees
Defended by: Tatiana Wuytack
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. K. Verheyen

2011-2012

Urban habitat quality assessment based on plant leaf characteristics
Defended by: Fatemeh Kardel
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson
Co-supervisor: Dr. ir. Karen Wuyts

Morphological and ecophysiological adaptations of African baobab (Adansonia digita L.) to drought
Defended by: Sebastiaan De Smedt
Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Roeland Samson
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Geert Potters

Contact

Research group on Environmental Ecology & Microbiology Campus Groenenborger
V Building, 5th floor
Groenenborgerlaan 171
2020 Antwerp
Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)3 265 32 35
Fax +32 (0)3 265 32 25
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