Researcher in Biotechnology

University of Antwerp

Researcher in Biotechnology

Department: Chemistry/Biochemistry

Regime Full-time

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The Department of Biochemical Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Engineering is looking for a full-time (100%) senior researcher in the field of Industrial Biotechnology. Industrial Biotechnology is the application of microorganisms or enzymes to produce chemicals.


  • You carry out research in the framework of the WODCA project (waste oils to long-chain dicarboxylic acids) and support the operation of the BioWAVE research group.
  • You help coordinate project applications as a follow-up to the WODCA project.
  • You co-supervise PhD students and other team members within the WODCA project.
  • You are involved in service provision: you represent the research group both internally and externally.


  • You are an industrial engineer in biochemistry or bioengineering or equivalent, and obtained a PhD on thesis at the latest at the time of appointment.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You can speak and write fluently in English and also express yourself in Dutch.
  • You have experience in research in Industrial Biotechnology. Preferably, you have experience working with bioreactors, using analytical techniques for monitoring and programming in Matlab.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time contract as a senior researcher until 31/3/2026.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow in the Contract Research Staff category (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, a group insurance, an income protection insurance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • The planned start date is July 1st or as soon as possible.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Groenenborger in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • More information on the research topic can be found at
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform. Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:a copy of your diplomas and annexes
    • a motivation letter
    • your academic CV
  • We review incoming applications on a weekly basis. Once your application has been evaluated, we will invite you for an interview.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Iris Cornet via e-mail ( or by telephone on +3232651704.

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