Field Trial Manager





 Field Trial Manager – Agronomist


Aphea.Bio is a leading R&D company that is dedicated to food security and ensuring a safe and healthy food chain. We aim to provide novel science-based solutions to build the agriculture of the future: sustainable, reliable and profitable. Aphea.Bio focuses on the exploitation of natural, beneficial interactions that occur between microorganisms and plants. We discover and develop new biology-based agricultural products for crop protection and crop improvement, hence shaping a more sustainable agriculture and are embedded in the largest European Agro-Biotech valley in Gent, Belgium.

We are seeking highly motivated people to help us turn our ambitions into reality. Successful candidates will become part of a committed, creative and highly dynamic team. 

To strengthen its team Aphea.Bio is looking for a Field Trial Manager who will be responsible for all field trial programs in support of newly discovered microorganism-based candidates


Main responsibilities:

  • Further expand the company’s field trial network in Europe, the Southern hemisphere and US

  • Plan, coordinate and monitor field trials with contract research organizations, universities, and research centers

  • Support and coach technical teams

  • Maintain detailed records of procedures and results

  • Work closely with research leaders to translate greenhouse data into meaningful field trial plans for cereal crops in different agroclimatic environments

  • Analyze and interpret field trial data sets and support promotion of novel products through the development pipeline

  • Be an active member of the R&D leadership team



  • Analytical skills in field trial management (e.g. experimental design, data summarization, R software)

  • Strong understanding of agricultural production systems of wheat and maize

  • Strong ability to coordinate and communicate with third-party contract research organizations in different countries

  • Strong capability to communicate and present field trial data to R&D leadership team

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively with regard to development of microbial products

  • Understanding of regulatory requirements of biopesticide field trials

  • Experience in coaching and supervising technical staff

  • Knowledge of statistics and application to field research data

  • Willingness to travel

  • Driving license B


Education and Experience:                            

  • PhD in Agronomy (or equal through experience), Soil or Plant Biology or related agricultural degree

  • At least 5 years of work experience in agricultural industry responsible for field trial management 

  • Experience in guiding regulatory trials for biofungicides is a plus


Other skills:                                

  • Computer skills: proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications 

  • Experience with R software for statistical analysis

  • Language skills: fluent in English (written and verbal). French and Dutch are a plus

  • Interpersonal skills: team player, creative, communicative, optimist, committed, flexible, entrepreneurial, organized, problem-solver


 Motivated applicants should send their CV including a cover letter to and before June 30, 2023.

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