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Yeast & Fermentation Lab Technician

  • Location:


  • Contact:

    Bert Develter

  • Job type:

    Temp to Perm

  • Contact phone:

    +32 15 85 80 38

  • Industry:

    Food and Beverages

  • Contact email:

For a food company in leuven we are looking for a "Yeast & Fermentation Lab Technician."

Job Description

In this job you perform laboratory fermentation trials, microbiological and biochemical tests, including specific physico-chemical in-process analyses within the fields of yeast and fermentation (Y&F) and within the framework of global strategic and exploratory projects, front-end innovations and global brewing development projects. You also assist in the development/optimization/validation trials of new laboratory methodologies and capabilities for the exploration and screening of yeasts/ brewing micro-organisms.


  • Accurately perform lab scale fermentation experiments & trials following the established DOE (Design Of Experiment) and according to good laboratory practices and internal standards and procedures.
  • Accurately perform specific microbiological/ molecular biological / biochemical tests according to the established laboratory procedures and protocols.
  • Accurately perform specific physico-chemical analyses on in-process or final lab trial liquids.
  • Actively participate in the development and optimization of lab methodologies/capabilities, executing DOE's of basic complexity.
  • Apply aseptic techniques to ensure quality in the culturing / propagation of yeasts / micro-organisms for lab scale experiments and/or pilot trials.
  • Prepare and plan analyses and experiments within the scheduled time frame.
  • Apply good laboratory practices & standards to ensure accuracy and quality in trial/experiment execution & to guarantee reliability of results.
  • Record laboratory trial data/ results and write trial reports following the Yeast and Fermentation Lab Report system.
  • Ensure that lab equipments are functional / calibrated through verification, troubleshooting as needed.
  • Ensure that laboratory glassware is cleaned and sterilised following established procedures and protocols.
  • Ensure daily transport between the labs.
  • 50% lab + 50% logistics ( logistics of samples, delivering samples, creating stock solutions )


  • Professional Bachelor's in a relevant applied science or laboratory discipline (Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and/or Biochemistry).
  • Previous professional experience in a development or research lab, in the area of microbiology, analytical science in food chemistry, biotechnology and/or brewing science.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with conventional microbiological techniques, aseptic good laboratory practices and fermentation technology are essential.
  • Fluency in English (written / spoken), other language skills constitute an additional asset
  • PC literate: advanced knowledge of standard software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Effective oral & written communication skills.
  • Proficient in hands-on lab microbiology and aseptic working.
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills and flexibility to adapt to a fast-changing environment.
  • Result-oriented with respect for quality and timing and attention to detail.Capable to independently plan, organize and execute lab trials and experiments.
  • Ability to execute lab analyses with a high level of accuracy and critical assessment of performance.
  • Driver's license B


  • 18 ADV days

Existing right to work in Europe required ( please read job spec in full before applying ).