Fermentation Engineer at N-Fix (Biotope by VIB)


14 Apr 2024


Scientific Services and Support


07 May 2024

About N-Fix

At N-Fix, we have developed a novel manufacturing process to convert residual biomass streams into valuable microbial biofertilizer or biocontrol products. Our microbial manufacturing platform targets the sustainable and cost-effective production of beneficial plant growth-promoting micro-organisms, which are currently under-utilised for row crops due to high manufacturing cost, poor shelf life and low efficacy when subjected to environmental pressures.

Job description

We're looking for a highly motivated and experienced scientist and engineer to join our team. As a key member of our manufacturing team, you will be a major contributor to shaping the future of our technology.

You will become responsible for the experimental design, setup and planning of the laboratory and pilot scale (solid-state) fermentations. Additionally, you will be involved in discussions with academic and industrial partners involved in our research projects. 


  • You hold a master in bioscience engineering, chemical engineering,  microbiology, or related field.
  • You can show solid hands-on fermentation development and scale-up experience, preferably in solid-state fermentation
  • You are keen to learn/develop new techniques, expand knowledge and take on responsibilities
  • You have an interest in the design of prototype installations
  • Fluency in English (verbally and in writing) is mandatory, Dutch is a plus
  • You have evidence of strong project management skills
  • You are an enthusiastic and social person
  • You can work both independently as well as in an interdisciplinary team
  • You have an eye for detail, work accurately and have a great sense of responsibility

We offer

  • A dynamic, international and exciting working environment with excellent perspectives for the future. 
  • An open-ended contract
  • A suitable candidate can start immediately.
  • Competitive salary depending on your experience level
  • You are based at VIB Agro-incubator, situated in Deinze (near Ghent) in Belgium.

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.


VIB values diversity - in backgrounds and in experiences. The institute needs people from all backgrounds and ways of life to help build a thriving scientific environment. VIB is therefore looking for candidates who are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other's growth. VIB's collaborators are people with different strengths, experiences and backgrounds, who share a passion for science that generates impact in science and in society. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity, but also nationality, age, disability status, sexual orientation, religion and many other parts of one’s identity. All of VIB’s employees’ points of view are key to its success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.