(Senior) Associate Scientist Microbiology Discovery Research



Technologiepark 94 9052 Belgium

Function type

(Senior) Associate Scientist Microbiology Discovery Research


Company Overview

MRM Health NV is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative therapeutics based on the human microbiome. The company is based in a Center of Expertise for microbiome research and development in the biotech cluster in Ghent, Belgium, and has a strategic partnership with the VIB, with top research groups in both microbiome analysis and ecology and in host biology and disease research. MRM Health combines a number of proprietary innovative technologies as its discovery engine. This includes direct access to the most advanced simulator of the human gut, the Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem (SHIME®), allowing to model the complete intestine and its microbiome in the lab, in both health and disease. MRM Health has set up a diversified pipeline, with MH002, a drug candidate for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), as its most advanced program. MRM Health additionally has ongoing discovery programs in Spondyloarthritis and specific metabolic diseases and is targeting several other medical conditions with unmet medical need.

The Company is strategically supported by strong local and international investors, including Ackermans & van Haaren, DuPont, MRM Technologies, Qbic II and VIB and has a corporate collaboration with DuPont Nutrition Biosciences in the development of microbiome-based therapeutics for metabolic diseases.


Position description

MRM Health is looking for a BS level (or higher) Associate Scientist to join its Microbiology Discovery Research Team in Ghent, Belgium, and translate preclinical and translational research into novel and differentiating products and, ultimately, breakthrough microbial strategies for the treatment of conditions associated to impaired intestinal health and immune diseases.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

·         Operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment including anaerobic chambers, biosafety cabinets and automated machinery

·         Working (semi-)independently to develop, validate and implement new in vitro assays to screen bacterial strains and study mechanisms underlying the efficacy of microbial interventions in the treatment of a variety of disorders, analyse the ensuing data and present results

·         Aerobic and anaerobic culturing, isolation and characterization of bacteria including the preparation of media, reagents and samples for analysis

·         Metabolite extraction and chromatography

·         Molecular biology, including DNA/RNA extraction and purification, qPCR, library preparation for sequencing, and flow cytometry

·         Identifying opportunities to optimize workflows and increase efficiency, including supporting SOP development

·         Providing clear and organized documents, records, and reports of experimental activities


Required Qualifications

BS (or higher) degree in microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry or closely related field; experience in industry or equivalent experience is a plus.

Research experience with microbiological techniques is essential, e.g. aseptic techniques, microbial culturing, isolation and characterization, fermentation technologies.

Experience with handling BSL-2 organisms and anaerobes is a plus.

Highly organized, methodical and motivated individual with good attention to detail. Must be a team player, able to work well in a group setting as well as independently in a fast-paced environment.

The job title and level will correspond to the education level, work experience, and skills of the selected candidate.



Nicole Reichardt, Head of Microbiome Discovery Unit

MRM Health NV

Technologiepark 94

B-9052 Gent - Belgium


Phone: +32 9 241 11 88

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