R&D Scientist – Growing substrate

Ghent

19 Jan 2023

Ghent

Scientific Services and Support

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About N-Fix

N-Fix, one of the first startups selected for the biotope by the VIB incubator, aims to solve one of the major sustainability challenges of livestock farming: an excess of manure. We're developing innovative technology that utilizes excess manure to create a bioactive growing substrate for plants. We've successfully demonstrated our proof-of-concept and are now ready to begin application testing.

Job description

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

You will become responsible for the experimental design, planning and execution of the laboratory and greenhouse experiments, to demonstrate the efficacy of our novel bio-active growing substrates. You will ensure experiments are performed efficiently and correctly and milestones are met on time. Additionally, you will be involved in discussions with academia and industry to shape and write grants and research projects.

The right candidate combines their expertise with a willingness to learn and thrives in a fast-paced start-up environment.

Profile

  • You hold a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Physiology, Agronomy, Soil Microbiology, or a related field or a Master in aforementioned fields with 5 years of experience
  • You can show solid hands-on technical and experimental lab experience
  • You are keen to learn/develop new techniques, expand knowledge and take on responsibilities
  • Fluency in English (verbally and in writing) is mandatory, Dutch is a plus
  • You have expertise in grant writing
  • You have evidence of strong project management skills
  • You are an enthusiastic and social person with fluent presentation skills
  • 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 with the possibility to 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

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; Emile.Redant@N-Fix.be).

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.