Microbiology Formulation Scientist

Microbiology Formulation Scientist

Aphea.Bio

Gent Zwijnaarde, Belgium

Microbiology formulation scientist

Aphea.Bio is a young start-up company that focuses on the exploitation of natural, beneficial interactions that occur between microorganisms and plants. Aphea.Bio discovers and develops new biology-based agricultural products for crop protection and crop improvement, hence shaping a more sustainable agriculture.

We are seeking highly motivated and innovative scientists to help us carry out the research and development of novel and superior agricultural biological products. Successful candidates will become part of a committed, creative and highly dynamic team with opportunities to take responsibility and for personal development.

Aphea.Bio is based in Gent, Belgium embedded in the largest European Agro-Biotech valley.

To strengthen its R&D team Aphea.Bio is looking for a microbiology formulation scientist that will be responsible for all aspects related to formulation development of newly discovered biostimulant and biocontrol products based on bacteria and fungi.

Main responsibilities:

• Define and develop formulation protocols for microbial products for seed and foliar application
• Develop a prototype formulation for use in R&D (testing in greenhouse and open field conditions)
• Manage all formulation R&D operations
• Culturing and sporulation of bacteria and fungi and formulation thereof for application to plants
• Define the optimal formulation for microorganisms in liquid and solid (e.g. powder, granules…) products
• Scale up from laboratory scale to production scale
• Define, develop, and validate a commercially compatible formulation with an eye on cost, stability, shelf-life, efficacy, safety and integrable with current agricultural practices
• Identify and manage contract research organizations and external research collaborations in an efficient manner to meet project deadlines
• Identify and leverage advances in microbiology formulation research, new technologies as well as processes and equipment to impact programs
• Maintain detailed records of (standard operating) protocols and results
• Support and coach the technical team
• Be an active member of the R&D leadership team

Qualifications:
• Deep knowledge of and hands-on experience on the principles, practices and techniques of formulation technology for microbial products
• Hands-on experience with working with bacteria and fungi and spores thereof
• Experience in various seed treatment and foliar spray applications
• Experience in liquid and solid formats of biological products
• Knowledge on upscaling from lab stage to (pre-)commercial products
• Knowledge on different fermentation technologies
• Experience in soil-microbiome & -ecology research
• Good knowledge of plant physiology
• Knowledge of the agricultural industry
• Strong ability to coordinate collaborations with external parties
• Ability to think strategically and creatively with regard to development of microbial products
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific journal articles, technical procedures, and government regulations
• Strong capability to communicate and present data to R&D leadership team
• Experience in coaching and supervising technical staff

Education and Experience:
• Ph.D. or MS in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Engineering (or equal through relevant experience) or related fields
• At least five years of work experience in agricultural industry responsible for biological formulation (bacteria & fungi)

Other skills:
• Computer skills: proficiency in Word, Power Point and Excel applications. Experience with data management and statistics software is a plus
• Language skills: fluent in English (written and verbal)
• Interpersonal skills: team player, creative, communicative, optimist, committed, flexible, entrepreneurial, organized, problem-solver

Motivated applicants should send their CV including a cover letter to steven.vandenabeele@aphea.bio and Isabel.vercauteren@aphea.bio before November 30, 2018.

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Microbiology Formulation Scientist