Research Associate USP



Buchtenstraat 11, Gent, Belgium

Function type

Research Associate USP


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 UpStream Processing.


Scope of your job

As Research Associate Upstream Processing you are involved in the development and optimization of fermentation processes for efficient production of AGROBODYTM bioactives (proteins) using different host organisms. You will also be responsible for the generic lab-scale production and purification of sufficient amounts of AGROBODY™ bioactives to be further characterized, for use in formulation experiments and tested in various (bio)assays and field trials.


Key activities:

  • Explore and evaluate fermentation conditions to optimize microbial expression of AGROBODYTM bioactives using different types of host organisms;

  • Evaluate novel fermentation strategies to maximize the expression of AGROBODY™ bioactives enabling good product quality;

  • Plan and execute experiments independently, interpret and report the results and propose follow-up steps;

  • Analyze samples using different techniques such as HPLC, electrophoresis ...

  • Support the engagement with third-party service or technology providers in the field of fermentation to support the overall fermentation strategy;

  • Participate in activities performed at external contract organizations in the field of fermentation as required in the context of manufacturing activities that needs to be outsourced;

  • Actively participate in functional and project teams, prioritize work based on the team deliverables and complete assignments accordingly;

  • Work in close collaboration with IP and Legal.


What we are looking for

  • Bachelor or Master of Science (Bio(chemical)-engineering), Biochemistry, Chemistry or equivalent;

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in fermentation for expression of protein-based products and experience with analytical methods and tools for protein characterization is required;

  • Interest in working in a manufacturing environment;

  • Experience with preparative chromatography, Design-of-Experiments and process validation is a plus;

  • 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;

  • Capable of thinking out-of-the-box and open-minded;

  • Passionate and a positive mindset;

  • Good reporting and communication skills (fluency in written and spoken English).


What we offer

Teamwork, innovation, passion, wellbeing 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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