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02 FEB '24: For Aphea.Bio, a young start-up company that focuses on the exploitation of natural, beneficial interactions that occur between microorganisms and plants, we are seeking a Formulation Scientist Expert. Aphea.Bio's discovery and development of innovative biostimulants and crop protection products are instrumental in shaping a more sustainable agriculture. Located in Ghent, within Europe's largest Agro-Biotech valley you will contribute to Aphea.Bio's mission and vision.




Zwijnaarde - Belgium

40 hours per week

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In this specialised position, we seek a Microbiology Formulation Scientist to reinforce Aphea.Bio's R&D team. This scientist will take charge of all aspects concerning the formulation development of newly identified biostimulant and biocontrol products rooted in bacteria and fungi. Your mission will involve crafting and refining protocols for microbial product formulations, specifically tailored for seed and foliar applications. Your expertise will be put to the test as you develop and assess prototype formulations, striving for the most optimal formulation in various states, whether liquid or solid. Scaling up from laboratory to pilot and full-scale production is all part of the journey. You'll be pivotal in defining, developing, and validating commercially viable formulations, all while keeping a watchful eye on factors like cost, stability, shelf-life, efficacy, safety, and alignment with current agricultural practices. Collaborating with external research partners is part of the game, ensuring efficient project management and a constant pulse on advancements in microbiology formulation research and technology. Detailed documentation and mentorship of the technical team will be your guiding principles. This role is an integral part of our R&D leadership team, as they work together to shape a more sustainable future for agriculture.

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Aphea.Bio is looking for someone who can dive into scientific literature and regulations, and distill that knowledge into actionable insights. This role also involves effectively sharing findings with our R&D leadership and guiding our technical team, so excellent communication and supervisory skills are a must.
Moreover, the following points are essential to be successful in the role:
  • Deep knowledge of and hands-on experience with the principles, practices and techniques of formulation technology for microbial and/or metabolite-based  products;
  • Hands-on experience with working with bacteria and fungi and metabolites;
  • Experience in various seed treatment and foliar spray applications;
  • Experience in liquid and solid formats of biological products;
  • Knowledge on upscaling from lab stage to (pre-)commercial products;
  • Knowledge of the agricultural industry is a plus;
  • Strong ability to coordinate collaborations with external parties;
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively with regard to the development of microbial products.

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Are you the expert that Aphea.Bio is looking for? Then they have the following to offer; 
  • A competitive salary package;
  • Work with an international and experienced team;
  • The possibility of working for an international organisation with great opportunities;
  • Act as sponsor for professionals coming from outside of Belgium; 
  • An exciting position in a dynamic environment.

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