Formulation Scientist 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 are seeking a skilled and motivated Microbial Formulation Scientist to join our dynamic research and development team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the design, development, and optimization of our solid formulations to enhance the shelf life, viability, and efficacy of microbial products intended for agricultural applications.


  • You hold a master's in bioscience engineering, agriculture, microbiology, biotechnology, or related field.
  • Proven experience in microbial formulation development, preferably in an agricultural or biotech setting.
  • Strong understanding of microbiological techniques and formulation chemistry
  • Proficiency in experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation to assess formulation performance.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and innovate solutions to overcome formulation challenges.
  • Fluency in English (verbally and in writing) is mandatory, Dutch is a plus
  • You are an enthusiastic and social person
  • You can work both independently as well as in an interdisciplinary team

We offer

  • A dynamic, international and exiting 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.

Make sure your application includes:

  • A detailed CV
  • A brief motivation letter

Please note that this position is open only to candidates who possess a valid work visa for Europe. Remote work options are not available for this role; the successful candidate will be expected to work on-site.

The first review of applications will start immediately. Applications are welcome until the position is filled. For more information about this function, you can contact Emile Redant (+32 478 690 701; [email protected]).


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.