Head of Lead Generation



Buchtenstraat 11, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Belgium


Who we are

The growing demand for healthy, safe and sustainable food has increasingly imposed restrictions on agricultural practices. Therefore, improving food production efficiency in a sustainable way, while safeguarding the environment and its natural resources, is essential.

We at Biotalys have the ambition to transform food protection, shaping the future of sustainable and safe food supply. We are a rapidly growing and transformative food and crop protection company developing a new generation of protein-based biocontrol solutions.

Based on our ground-breaking technology platform, we have developed a broad pipeline of effective and safe products with novel modes of action, addressing key crop pests and diseases across the whole value chain, from soil to plate. Our products combine the high-performance characteristics of chemicals with the clean safety profile of biologicals, making them ideal crop protection agents for both pre-and post-harvest applications.

Our headquarters are located in the vibrant biotech cluster in Ghent, Belgium. More information can be found on www.biotalys.com.

To strengthen and guide our dedicated team, Biotalys is looking for an experienced heavy chain antibody expert as Head of Lead Generation to further develop our AGROBODY Foundry™ platform within an international environment. Reporting to the Biotalys Chief Scientific Officer, you will guide and promote the scientific development of multidisciplinary Lead Generation teams and work closely with the teams contributing to the delivery of AGROBODY™ bioactive leads aligned with our Ag and Food Business requirements, leveraging and developing competitive internal expertise complemented with external partnerships. You are passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring and will provide in-depth scientific leadership to explore novel technologies for continuous improvements and lead the internal team to achieve innovative, efficient and productive approaches in a thriving collaborative environment.

Scope of your job

  • Accountable for directing Lead Generation teams working on Lead Identification, Early Lead Characterization and Early Lead Developability

  • Scientific leadership and strategic vision to assess and further strengthen the Team

  • Accountable for delivering high-quality Leads further into our pipeline

  • Scouting for, assessing and leading scientific partnership efforts to complement internal capabilities on all technical aspects such as antigen identification, antigen production, immunization, lead selection, automation, data digitalization, and computational biology

  • Member of Biotalys Management Team, executing and reporting the scientific and technical progress of the Lead Generation team

  • Accountable for creating a collaborative and constructive environment where exploration is enabled and team members are motivated by the support and the freedom in uncharted scientific areas

  • Working closely with other group leaders in Lead Characterization, Analytics, Strain Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Development, Business Development and Project Management ensuring cohesive approach and open communication for setting the targets for and delivery of the programs, the partnerships and the platform development

  • Leading platform continuous improvement initiatives to deliver high-quality bioactives, increase R&D efficiency and generate IP with measurable targets. Champion innovative ideas and facilitate the development and implementation of technologies to improve efficiency and decrease cycle times of discovery workflows

  • Accountable for delivery of high-quality scientific results, scientific publications and IP to further strengthen the credibility and competitiveness of Biotalys AGROBODY™ Foundry platform

  • Driven by the development capability & talent, inspire and motivate the team, support and identify development opportunities to allow individuals to realise their full potential and ambition

What we are looking for

  • PhD in biological sciences or equivalent with at least 8 years of experience in antibody discovery

  • Expertise in target selection and validation, immunization and selection strategies is key

  • Subject matter expertise with international exposure in antibody discovery systems

  • Strong desire to explore new fields and bridge the human therapeutics progress on antibody discovery with the opportunity and needs in the Agriculture and Food space

  • Track record of published scientific data with the ability to identify and resolve scientific questions

  • Strong line and matrix leadership skills with experience in building and motivating teams

  • Motivated to drive operational excellence, including support for efficiency/productivity initiatives

  • Ability to advance multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Track record of building collaborations internally and externally

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Excellent reporting and communication skills (fluent in English, written and spoken).

  • Positive attitude, solid work ethic, strong team player and self-motivated individual desired

  • Strong analytical and data interpretations skills

What we offer

Teamwork, innovation, passion, well-being and accountability are the Biotalys’ values that guide our business and that we prize when we recruit new talent and reward our employees. We strive to create an exciting and dynamic working environment in which you will be challenged to take initiative, contributing to the success of the company. You will work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team of top innovators in the AgFood Biotech industry who will support you to further develop and grow your personal skills. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package.


Are you ready to set new grounds and new standards? Please apply via our career site www.biotalys.com and add your CV and motivation letter to your application.

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