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Chemical Analyst

  • Poppel, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
Chemical / Analytical

Job description

What will you get:

  • A salary between €2,800 - €3,500, depending on your working experience
  • An annual budget of €1,500 for personal development
  • 25 days holiday per year and the option to buy more
  • Learning and personal growth opportunities
  • A job at a cool company that’s growing quickly


  • Completed an MLO/Associate degree such as Allround Laboratory Technician or Chemical Analyst
  • Have a basic understanding of Dutch
  • Have a driver’s license and access to a motorized vehicle for transportation
  • It’s also fine if it’s your first job

What you will do
We have created a technique to find out whether a hatching egg holds a male or a female, so we can prevent the male chicks from hatching. This leads to a big animal welfare win, and a very interesting, but complex process.

Our machine Ella carefully takes samples from the hatching egg, making sure not to hit the bird-to-be inside. These tiny drops are analysed using a mass spectrometer to see whether the egg holds a male or female.

The cool part? This process is almost fully automated, but we need someone to oversee this process. So, your task as a Chemical Analyst is to keep these analyses running smoothly.

You will work in a 2-shift system, alternating between early and late shifts:

  • At our location in Ochten (NL) you will work from 6:00 am to 4:30 pm or from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am according to a schedule. 
  • At our location in Poppel (BE) you will work from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm or from 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm according to a schedule.

For both locations, your working days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. As a result, you will work 40 hours in the Netherlands and 32 hours in Belgium. 
While you may have a primary location, we may also ask you to help at our other location. Therefore, we seek candidates who are open to occasional travel between these locations and who can adapt to changing work environments as needed.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring the lab process
  • Replenishing pipette tips, solutions, well plates, etc.
  • Troubleshooting first-hand problems
  • Support operations by cleaning and preparing the shopfloor at the start and end of the day
  • Collaborating with the operations and R&D departments

What a typical day looks like

Job requirements

Our introduction (not boring, we’re cool)

In 2011, the first In Ovo pipettes hit the lab. The goal was clear: to stop the unnecessary killing of day old male chicks.

The first samples were carefully taken by hand. It took some years to get there, but in 2016, it worked: a single drop of the egg’s fluid was enough to see whether it held a boy or a girl. One done, only 13 billion to go.

As you can imagine, we needed a machine.

The first steps into industrialisation were taken and a huge impact on animal welfare was lurking. In 2020, our first machine was up and running. We named her Ella. What a beauty.

Taking a huge leap to today’s In Ovo: we’re a team of over 60 people, 3 Ellas and millions of saved chicks. We are engineers, operators, scientists, office people and everything in between. The go-getters of the poultry industry who roll up their sleeves to improve animal welfare. And Ella is just the beginning.

We believe that animals deserve a dignified place in a sustainable food industry. And we need way more people to fulfil our mission of improving the lives of 5 billions animals by 2030.

Are you with us?

Interested but still in doubt?

If you find the position interesting but have a few doubts, that is completely understandable.

Candidates who think they do not fully meet all the requirements tend to refrain from applying for certain positions. Unfortunately, this is more prevalent among women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

So, we welcome applicants even if they have some doubts. We’d be happy to have a chat.

Please apply by sending your CV and tell us something about yourself. If you have any questions, get in touch with Marjolein van Vliet (Recruiter) at +31642489853 or via

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