Fermentation Scientist - Groningen

Vacancy information

Publication date:April 23 2021
Employment type: Permanent
Sector: Biotechnical
Function Group: R&D

Function Group: R&D / R&D Officer


For EV Biotech, we are seeking a Fermentation Scientist. This organisation is a biotechnology start-up company that creates microbial production platforms for high-value chemicals and proteins using computational modelling and microorganisms.

By combining classical fermentation methods with the latest developments in modelling approaches, EV Biotech has revolutionised the methods of microbial strain engineering. Their microbial cells factories (MCFs) provide effective, bio-based alternatives to conventional chemical-synthetic production processes. The Groningen-based team has been operational since July 2018 and is dedicated to EV’s mission to evolve the chemical feedstock market by shifting it from petrochemical-based to bio-based chemical production, thereby creating a greener economy for all.


In developing MCF, it is important to keep the final goal in focus. In this position, you will provide industrial fermentation insight throughout the entire strain design and development process and prepare for, oversee, and bear responsibility for the upscaling of EV’s proof-of-concept and on-demand MCF strains. You are expected to design, set up, and perform experiments to improve product yield, from lab and pilot scale to industrial production scale for on-demand client support. You will also provide insights on strain design choices in the lab-development phase such that the final product is industrially viable.

Furthermore in this role, you will:

  • Set up and operate lab- and pilot-scale production fermenters
  • Lead scale-up of MCF strains
  • Lead technology transfer to clients
  • Use technical knowledge to identify, troubleshoot, and assist with the resolution of fermentation process problems
  • Document experimental execution and report data to Dry Lab for data integration
  • Be responsible for reaching fermentation milestones on time
  • Perform maintenance tasks for lab-scale fermentation equipment
  • Write documentation including project reports and SOPs
  • Be responsible for laboratory safety incl. GMO waste
  • Supervise student interns
  • Aid in development of the EV pipeline


In order to be the ideal candidate for this role, you need to meet the following criteria;

  • BSc or MSc in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, or related engineering or life science discipline
  • At least six (or four for MSc) years of experience with lab- and pilot-scale fermentation
  • Experience with industrial-scale fermentation is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience in working with E.coli and Bacillus subtilis
  • Experience with leading fermentation upscaling processes is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with coding is a plus
  • Able to create and maintain an innovative way of working and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills to communicate effectively within the team and with customers
  • Knowledge of GMP guidelines
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent in the English language both spoken and written


    Are you the Fermentation Scientist who is able to carry out this job? Then EV Biotech has the following to offer you:

    • An exciting, professional work environment
    • A diverse and international team of colleagues, dedicated to EV’s mission to contribute to a greener and more sustainable society
    • Opportunity to grow alongside a growing start-up
    • Professional growth opportunities
    • Good primary and secondary benefits


    If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

    Walid Sharaf
    Associate Consultant | Food, Feed and Plant Science




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