Product Development Scientist



Industriepark Oost 2, Beernem, Belgium


Product Development Scientist

1  InActiv Blue

InActiv Blue bv is a recently founded (2020) subsidiary of FertiPro nv. The company focuses on developing and commercializing high quality solutions for safe transport of infected patient samples, including SARS-CoV-2 ( We now wish to extend our product portfolio with additional products to improve human patient sample collection, transport, and storage. We strive to optimally preserve DNA and RNA for downstream molecular analysis such as qPCR, dPCR or massively parallel sequencing.

 Built on a culture of innovation, high-quality science and production in a quality regulated environment, InActiv Blue offers a unique work environment. You will join a dynamic, flexible, and growing company and become part of a motivated and young team.

 You will be able to work in a stimulating atmosphere where personal input and taking responsibility is encouraged, with opportunities for personal development and growth.

To expand our team at the FertiPro laboratories (Beernem, Belgium), we are looking for a Product Development Scientist with proven hands-on skills in the nucleic acid quantification and quality control field. 

2 Description and goal of the function

 As a Product Development Scientist, you will coordinate and execute internal research and development projects, oversee and plan lab resources, support on different levels as subject matter expert by sharing scientific expertise and knowledge, and execute hands-on lab work. You will work in close collaboration with the Chief Scientific Officer and quality department.

You should have an open eye for options beyond the original project scope that provide interesting new options and business opportunities. 

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Prepare, coordinate, and execute the work for several projects in parallel. You are responsible for planning and organization, ad hoc problem solving, implementation of solutions and decision making for the product development projects.

  • Manage internal product development projects from experiment design, over execution in the wet lab, to data analysis and scientific reporting

  • Execute quality control on production batches of CE-IVD products

  • Support the management and business development team by sharing your technical and scientific expertise and knowledge

  • Work according to the internal lab standards (ISO 13485), follow and apply the internal procedures, with assistance of the quality department

  • Ensure proper recordkeeping in all aspects of your activities and guarantee complete traceability by making adequate and timely registrations

  • Keep up to date with recent developments in the field (literature, webinar, conferences, patent databases, etc.) and competitive products

  • Present results and products to customers, leads and attendants of seminars/conferences/workshops 

3 Competences and skills

  •  A master’s degree in biotechnology, biomedical sciences, bio-engineering, or equivalent

  • At least one year of experience with RNA/DNA extraction, RNA/DNA quality control, and (reverse transcription) quantitative PCR

  • Experience with method or product development or optimization is highly recommended

  • Experience with working in a quality environment (ISO) or with a quality management system is a plus

  • Data analysis skills (R, Python and/or expert Excel user) are a plus

  • Excellent scientific writing- and reporting/presentation skills

  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate across different levels of an organization and with customers

  • Customer and result oriented attitude

  • Proven planning, organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Able to handle multiple projects at the same time and working with changing priorities

  • Constructive mindset and team player

  • Driven, energetic, autonomous, and proactive

  • Preferably Dutch as mother tongue, fluent in English (writing and speaking) 

4 Our offer 

  • A full-time position in a growing company with a young and dynamic team

  • A financial package according to your experience, extended with legal benefits

  • Professional development and training opportunities

  • Open, flexible, and informal working atmosphere

5 How to apply? 

Please send your application letter and CV to Carefully document relevant hands-on experience, scientific knowledge, competences, and skills.

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