Strain Engineer

Production & Engineering - Geleen - WO
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Organisatie- en afdelingomschrijving

Isobionics B.V is a wholly owned subsidiary (around 25 employees) of BASF Nederland B.V. Isobionics is an ingredients company in the Netherlands that develops, produces and sells a range of natural products in the flavor and fragrance market. It does so by using its proprietary platform technology. This technology can produce many compounds such as: citrus oils (Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit), compounds like Valencene, Nootkatone and Sandalwood oil, well as many other less known basic building blocks for the Flavor & Fragrance industry.


As a Strain Engineer you will be working in a challenging and highly interdisciplinary environment. You are involved in developing strains that can be implemented on an industrial scale. Your tasks as a Strain Engineer consist of:

  • Developing and implementing approaches for the improvement of microbial strains through metabolic engineering.
  • Applying rational pathway optimization, directed evolution and other approaches with the goal of improving the fermentation productivity and yield.
  • Evaluating new techniques in strain engineering that would benefit the company.
  • Recording and presenting results clearly and effectively to the team.
  • Contributing to the company’s intellectual property portfolio and scientific publications.
  • Taking up operational tasks is not a problem for you.


You thrive in a team environment where you will be collaborating with other colleagues. We are looking for a teamplayer with strong interpersonal skills. You are self-motivated with a high degree of flexibility and understanding of the biotech business needs. Additionally, you take with you:

  • A PhD or Master’s-degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline with several years of experience in metabolic engineering, preferably in more than one host.
  • A proven track record in developing and applying metabolic engineering techniques for the improvement of microbial strains. Previous experience with isoprenoid pathways is a plus.
  • Practical experience expertise in molecular biology techniques, including DNA assembly methods, CRISPR Cas9, pathway design, and tools for chromosomal integration.
  • Practical experience using pathway optimization tools such as RNAseq, metabolomics and proteomics is also a plus.
  • Experience with assay development and analytical techniques such as GC-MS is appreciated.
  • Fluency in English


You can count on challenging assignments with a lot of responsibility and an "on the job" training within a professional and motivated team. You will end up in an international working environment.

Additionally, you will also receive:

  • A challenging position for preferable 40 hours a week.
  • A fixed salary based on 40 hours a week (depending on education and experience).
  • 8% holiday compensation.
  • 25 annual holidays.
  • Excellent opportunities for personal growth within an international organization.
  • Challenging position for one of the best employers in the Netherlands (Top Employer 2021).

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