Principal Scientist - Ghent

Vacancy information

Publication date:December 18 2020
Employment type: Permanent
Sector: Biotechnical
Function Group: R&D

Function Group: R&D / Biology Principal Scientist


For a biopharmaceutical scale-up company we are seeking an experienced Principal Scientist. This company is a joint collaboration of a specialised academic group and a world player in the microbiome field, resulting in the development of a cutting-edge technology platform. Their mission is the development and production of live biotherapeutic products to unlock the microbiome’s potential in combatting different disease indications. In this position, you will be a major contributor to the success of a clinical-stage, well-financed, fast-growing biotechnology company, and galvanise its worldwide leadership in microbiome research and development of therapeutic agents.


As a Principal Scientist, you will be joining a team of microbiology discovery research, translate preclinical, and translational research to novel and differentiate products. You will be involved in discovering the unknown possibilities of bacteria in the gut. The responsibilities you will have as a Principal Scientist include;

  • Leading research efforts to meet the objectives determined in the assigned projects
  • Independently designing, developing, and implementing 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
  • Identifying novel candidate product strains
  • Designing therapeutic bacterial consortia and the preclinical development of lead candidates
  • Analyse results and data and present it to relevant stakeholders


You must have the following skillset/experience:

  • PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or closely related field
  • +2 years of experience as a postdoc and/or in relevant industry
  • Research experience in the microbiome field
  • Experiences in microbe-host interactions in the context of inflammatory diseases as well as bioinformatic skills is an advantage
  • Experience handling BSL-2 organisms and anaerobes
  • Experience with SOP development


This role offers you the opportunity to have a strong and long-lasting impact on the development and success of a company that will revolutionise healthcare. You will be able to take full responsibility in terms of scientific strategy, innovation, and leadership in a company that extensively invests in both clinical as preclinical research. Of course this position comes with a competitive compensation package, a salary midpoint aimed around €60.000 a year, and extensive benefits.


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

Jorrit van Dieren
Associate | Biotech & Pharma




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