Pushing the limits of
shrimp health research

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Job Positions

We are a spin-off company of Ghent University created to provide contract research services to the shrimp aquaculture industry. As a professional Contract Research Organisation (CRO), we are able to provide solutions for the biggest health challenges of shrimp farming.

PhD student

IMAQUA BVBA is looking for a graduate student interested in obtaining a PhD degree in Veterinary Sciences. This research project will be performed in a commercial/academic setting at IMAQUA BVBA and in collaboration with renowned scientists of Ghent University. The aim will be to develop new models for testing shrimp diseases and immunity at a commercial scale.

We offer a possibility for obtaining a PhD degree (3-4 years program) and subsequent career development at a dynamic Contract Research Organisation and while participating in interesting research projects and being a part of an international team.

We require a person with high sense of commitment and responsibility who in time would be willing to lead a research team and manage a client portfolio. The wish to engage in a long-term work commitment after obtaining the degree is a prerequisite.

Interested candidates please send Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter to info@imaqua.eu

Required candidate profile

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine, Bioengineering, Biology or related fields
  • Experience with aquaculture
  • Leader mind-set
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong sense of motivation and initiative
  • Strong sense of responsibility and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to develop and implement strict standard operating procedures
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Excellent English language skills, spoken and written
  • Availability to go through a probation period of 6 months working as a technician.


  • Detailed literature reviews on relevant topics
  • Drafting a PhD research project and respective research plans
  • Performing scientific experiments
  • Drafting detailed reports and research papers
  • Drafting research projects and respective research plans (later stage)
  • Coordination of research team (later stage)
  • Organization and supervision of routine research work (later stage)
  • Coordination and optimisation of in vivo research work and infrastructure (later stage)
  • Organisation and improvement of laboratory workflows (later stage)
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