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Formulation Scientist at N-Fix (Biotope by VIB)

Closing date
7 May 2024

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Life Science
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Employment - Hours
Full time
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About N-Fix At N-Fix, we have developed a novel manufacturing process to convert residual biomass streams, into valuable microbial biofertilizer or biocontrol products. Our microbial manufacturing platform targets the sustainable and cost-effective production of beneficial plant growth-promoting micro-organisms, which are currently under-utilised for row crops due to high manufacturing cost, poor shelf life and low efficacy when subjected to environmental pressures.

Job description We are seeking a skilled and motivated Microbial Formulation Scientist to join our dynamic research and development team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the design, development, and optimization of our solid formulations to enhance the shelf life, viability, and efficacy of microbial products intended for agricultural applications.

  • You hold a master's in bioscience engineering, agriculture, microbiology, biotechnology, or related field.
  • Proven experience in microbial formulation development, preferably in an agricultural or biotech setting.
  • Strong understanding of microbiological techniques and formulation chemistry
  • Proficiency in experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation to assess formulation performance.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and innovate solutions to overcome formulation challenges.
  • Fluency in English (verbally and in writing) is mandatory, Dutch is a plus
  • You are an enthusiastic and social person
  • You can work both independently as well as in an interdisciplinary team
We offer
  • A dynamic, international and exiting working environment with excellent perspectives for the future. 
  • An open-ended contract
  • A suitable candidate can start immediately.
  • Competitive salary depending on your experience level
  • You are based at VIB Agro-incubator, situated in Deinze (near Ghent) in Belgium.
How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.

Make sure your application includes:

  • A detailed CV
  • A brief motivation letter

Please note that this position is open only to candidates who possess a valid work visa for Europe. Remote work options are not available for this role; the successful candidate will be expected to work on-site.

The first review of applications will start immediately. Applications are welcome until the position is filled. For more information about this function, you can contact Emile Redant (+32 478 690 701;



VIB’s core mission is to generate disruptive insights in the molecular underpinning of life and to translate these actively into impactful innovations for patients and society. VIB is an independent research institute where some 1,800 top scientists from Belgium and abroad conduct pioneering basic research. As such, they are pushing the boundaries of what we know about molecular mechanisms and how they rule living organisms such as human beings, animals, plants, and microorganisms. Based on a close partnership with five Flemish universities – Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Hasselt University – and supported by a solid funding program, VIB unites the expertise of all its collaborators and research groups in a single institute. VIB’s technology transfer activities translate research results into concrete benefits for society such as new diagnostics and therapies and agricultural innovations. These applications are often developed by young start-ups from VIB or through collaborations with other companies. This also leads to additional employment and bridges the gap between scientific research and entrepreneurship. VIB also engages actively in the public debate on biotechnology by developing and disseminating a wide range of science-based information. 

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