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Group Leader Assays and Trials - Belgium  

Agrosavfe (company)


Posted on : 10 November 2016

Project Description

We have the ambition to contribute to a safer production of healthier food. We use heavy-chain binding domains derived from camelid antibodies or Agrobodies® for the development of innovative biopesticides to control crop pests and diseases. Our first research program has resulted in a series of Agrobodies® with anti-fungal activity as demonstrated by the protection of plants from fungal infections. The challenges we face are substantial but so are the rewards, as we are taking a whole new approach for the development of biopesticides. We are a highly dynamic company welcoming creative, innovative entrepreneurs and providing ample opportunities for personal development, in an open, positive team spirit. We have generated Agrobodies against a key component of the fungal cell membrane and cell wall and these agrobodies have anti-fungal activities against a broad range of fungi. Anti-fungal Agrobodies can be produced by fermentation and be applied as a spray-on biopesticide or in a seed coating to protect crops and harvested products from infections. We are now moving these Agrobodies into the development process, focusing on the commercialization of biofungicides for application on fruits, vegetables, and other crops. 

The next years, key activities will be large scale production, formulation, and greenhouse and field testing. Agrobodies have to be evaluated on multiple crops in greenhouse and on fields for their development and registration as biofungicides.  

Therefore, we are looking for a scientist/agricultural engineer, with expertise and experience in testing crop protection products, preferably biopesticides on different crops and in different environments. The scientist/engineer is expected to conduct this research and development with a small in-house team and by interaction with agricultural experimental stations.

 Key responsibilities:  

  • Design program for the evaluation, development and registration of Agrobodies as novel biofungicides 
  • Management of a small in-house team for Agrobody testing in greenhouse and field 
  • Coordination of greenhouse and field trials with agricultural experimental stations  
  • MSc/Engineer/PhD in agriculture, biological techniques, or equivalent 
  • Experienced with (GEP) evaluation of crop protection products 
  • Enthusiastic team leader with good communication skills 
  • Hands-on, practical, problem-solving oriented 
  • Pro-active and high sense of quality, accuracy and detail 
  • Passionate and a positive mindset dedicated to success 
  • Interested and capable of collaborating outside of area of expertise 
  • Comfortable working in start-up environment