Associate scientist - Efficacy expert biocides

Location: Ghent and Leuven

About ARCHE Consulting

ARCHE Consulting, located in Ghent and Leuven, provides regulatory compliance services for manufacturers or importers of chemicals, biocides, cosmetics, plant protection products, fertilizers, and plant bio-stimulants. We guide our clients through the complex regulatory landscape to secure national or EU market access for their products.

With a strong track record of more than 25 years, our team of experts provide timely and cost-effective strategic support in several regulatory areas, including:
• Product registration for market approval
• Data gap analyses
• (Eco)toxicology, exposure modelling & risk assessment
• Test monitoring
• Dossier compilation and submission
• Communication/advocacy with competent authorities

At ARCHE Consulting, we are dedicated to fostering a sustainable environment and a healthy workplace while ensuring market access for chemicals and products. We are well-positioned to support our clients in meeting the goals of the European Green Deal and the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, which aims to create a toxic-free environment in the EU. We can help you avoid the use of harmful chemicals and boost your innovation for safe and sustainable solutions.

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Job description

You will be part of a team dealing with several chemical legislations (Biocidal Products Regulation, Plant Protection Products Regulation, REACH etc.) and with expertise in several domains (chemistry, toxicology, environmental fate, ecotoxicology, etc.). In your role as efficacy expert, you will be responsible for:

• Analysing and summarising efficacy studies in view of regulatory submissions for biocidal active substances and products in the EU
• Providing specialist advice on efficacy requirements for biocides to clients and colleagues
• Assisting with the preparation of regulatory dossiers for biocides
• Liaising with test facilities and monitoring efficacy studies
• Addressing questions from regulatory authorities
• Remaining constantly aware of new guidance and developments in the field of efficacy for biocides

Your profile

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

• A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Bioscience engineering, …)
• Excellent technical knowledge of microbiology (e.g. taxonomic identification, biological properties, induction of resistance, …) and/or entomology
• Ability to evaluate scientific literature and critically interpret and summarize data
• Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with colleagues, clients and authorities
• Adaptability and analytical problem-solving skills
• Eager to learn about chemical regulatory frameworks, such as the Biocidal Products Regulation
• Fluent in English

First experiences with one or more of the following points are considered beneficial:

• Hands-on experience with efficacy testing for disinfectants, preservatives, insecticides or repellents
• Practical knowledge of efficacy testing standards e.g. EN, OECD, IBRG
• Reporting of efficacy and resistance data for biocides
• Monitoring efficacy studies
• Knowledge of the requirements and procedures outlined in the Biocidal Products Regulation
• Experience with microbials in fertilisers, biostimulants and/or crop protection products
• A PhD in a relevant field
• A good command of other European languages (Dutch, French, …)

What do they offer you?

• A challenging role in a growing company where you can apply and further develop skills.
• A participative company culture, where you can take initiative, share your ideas and where your opinion counts.
• A nice bunch of colleagues, always ready to help you and in for some fun. You’ll be able to get to know them even better during activities such as our monthly breakfast, weekly sport, yearly teambuilding activities and kids day.
• Flexibility in the organization of your work (e.g. partial working from home), with eye for a healthy work/life balance, as long as the work gets done.
• A competitive salary package, including extralegal benefits (group insurance, bonus system, health insurance) and a flexible reward plan, allowing you to select a number of benefits according to your needs and interests.
• An attractive holiday system (20 + 12 days).
• A professional environment which supports you in your personal development & growth, by means of internal/external trainings, coaching, etc.
• An international dimension in your work.

We look forward to welcoming team members who like working on diverse and challenging projects. To stay up-to-date and deliver outstanding solutions we are willing to train, stretch and re-train our employees.

We would love to connect with you if you recognize yourself in this career opportunity.

We are looking forward to receiving your application through our job site

More information?

Check the ARCHE Consulting website or view a pdf of the vacancy below