Research Associate Strain Engineering



Technologiepark 94 Gent Belgium

Function type

Research Associate Strain Engineering



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 Strain Engineering.


Scope of your job

·         Implementation of synthetic biology strategies for expression of recombinant AGROBODYTM bioactives in different host organisms.

·         Evaluation of expression of the recombinant AGROBODYTM bioactives at micro scale and shake flask level.

·         Support the fermentation team to further scale up the production to a bioreactor.

·         Cloning, host engineering and evaluation of protein production will be your daily tasks.

·         Assist with creating & optimizing protocols to ensure a proper screening of the clones based on expression level.

·         Collecting & processing data to ensure traceability of the performed experiments.

·         Interact with the Manufacturing team with respect to scope of experiments, obtained results and conclusions.

·         Assist in maintaining an organized lab environment.

·         Document the results and report to team members.

What we are looking for

·         Bachelor in Biotechnology or a relevant field in Life Sciences, with at least 1 year of experience in preferably an industrial setting (e.g. industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology).

·         Understanding the genetics, gene regulation and physiology of different host organisms used for protein expression.

·         Experience with basic microbiology methods and sterile handling is required.

·         Exceptional attention to detail is crucial.

·         Good troubleshooting skills to deal with technical problems.

·         Demonstrated experience of all the molecular/genetic tools required to successfully manipulate and engineer micro-organisms such as restriction, digestion and ligation, seamless cloning, agarose gel analysis, PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis, transformation.

·         Experience in protein expression testing.

·         Exposure to emerging knock-out technologies is a bonus.

·         Experience with the use of bioinformatics tools to analyze DNA sequences (SnapGene or CLC, NCBI BLAST, etc).

·         Familiar with statistics to strengthen experimental design and data analysis is preferred.

·         Proven general lab skills.

·         Fluent written and oral communication skills (English).

·         Scientific integrity.

·         Sense of adventure and excitement to assist in the set-up of an AGROBODYTM bioactives production platform and work in a fast-paced and highly dynamic multidisciplinary environment.

·         Team-oriented, flexibility, ability to multi-task and to work independently.


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 by e-mail and send your resume and motivation letter to

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