Research Associate Process Development



Buchtenstraat 11, Gent, Belgium

Function type

Research Associate Process Development


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

To strengthen our valuable team of dedicated employees, Biotalys is looking for a Research Associate Process Development.


Scope of your job

As “Research Associate Process Development” you will join the Biotalys development team for the lab-scale production and purification of AGROBODY™ bioactives in scope of process development and generation of material for use in formulation experiments, (bio)assays and field trials.

 Key activities:

  • Assist in setting up fermentations for microbial expression of AGROBODYTM bioactives using different types of host organisms and learn the impact the versatile factors have on the production efficiency;

  • Perform bench scale purification of the AGROBODY™ bioactives out of the microbial cultures using a wide range of techniques and equipment such as chromatography and filtration techniques;

  • Prepare media for fermentation and buffers for chromatography and filtration experiments;

  • Prepare and analyze samples using different techniques such as SDS-PAGE, capillary electrophoreses, HPLC,...;

  • Provide input to optimize existing protocols, experiments and processes;

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the workflows in the lab to ensure a maximum output of the different teams;

  • Ensure the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced;

  • Participate in functional and project teams.


What we are looking for

  • Bachelor degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry or equivalent;

  • Basic knowledge on microbiology, fermentation and purification;

  • Hands-on expertise with fermentation and/or protein purification is desirable;

  • Experience with analytical methods for protein characterization is an advantage;

  • Creative when it comes to finding solutions for experimental challenges;

  • Interest in working in a development oriented environment;

  • Hands-on, pro-active and problem-solving oriented;

  • High sense of quality, accuracy and detail;

  • Eager to investigate and learn;

  • Able to work in team, but also autonomously when needed;

  • Passionate and a positive mindset;

  • Good reporting and communication 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 and add your CV and motivation letter to your application.


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