VITO is a leading research center in Flanders (Belgium) in the field of technology development for sustainable processes. The Unit of Separation and Conversion Technology (SCT), has a strong focus on bio- or CO2-based routes. VITO’s biotechnology team has a long-standing and unique expertise in gas fermentations, and in design, operation and optimization of enzymatic and whole cell bioconversion processes, tested either in stand-alone mode or coupled to membrane technology. The team consists of permanent researchers, engineers, technicians, PhD and postdoctoral students and wishes to expand with an extra postdoctoral researcher. More information available on or


Equal opportunity position


Job Description:

  • You will be working on multidisciplinary projects aiming at developing, optimizing and intensifying biotechnological processes (both whole cell and enzymatic conversions)
  • You will perform lab work as well as design and set up experiments and analyze data
  • You will handle several projects running in parallel
  • You are eager to run complex lab installations and long-term challenging biotech experiments
  • You will work independently towards the project goal, take responsibility for high quality results and reporting
  • You will work in an international team and context

  • PhD in biotechnology or bio-engineering with a solid multidisciplinary base
  • Demonstrated interest in biotechnological processes
  • Experience in running fermentations and/or enzymatic conversions at liter-scale
  • Self-starting, curious, creative and hands-on team player with eye for detail
  • Conscious to deliver high quality results in time
  • Problem solver
  • Fluent in English, Dutch is an asset
  • A temporary contract for 2 years
  • A competitive salary, completed with a range of benefits including allowances, insurances and an adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • The chance to be part of an organization with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy