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Biochemical Process Design Specialist

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  Hybrid
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  4620

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.




Are you passionate for sustainability? Would you like to make a difference with your Process Design knowledge and experience in Corbion’s mission to Preserve what Matters? As Process Design Specialist you will work in the Process Technology group, one of the core technologies of Corbion’s Innovation Center, at our location in Gorinchem. This is the largest R&D site of Corbion world-wide with labs, office space and a pilot plant. On this site, the largest lactic acid derivative production facility is also found, serving our core business units. Finally, the site also accommodates the plant which serves biomedical applications in our Health & Nutrition business.


Corbion Innovation Center’s Process Technology group is focused on creating value in innovation by exploring, developing, (re-)designing, optimizing and scaling up of both new and existing processes, or its parts, as well as support process implementation in Operations. Sustainability-driven, computer-aided process design is a key discipline for enabling and accelerating innovation in process technology and optimizing operation in a lean way. The discipline covers all key activities, from model-based experimental design to creation of digital process twins for optimizing operation, as well as comparison of different process alternatives and selection of the optimal process route as basis for techno-economic and sustainability evaluation.




You will build insight and know-how in multiple fields of Process Technology expertise, mainly by focusing on:


  • Executing projects/workstreams to support the design and optimization of new or existing process steps
  • Support generation of process (step) alternatives and build steady-state flowsheet models
  • Run steady state flowsheet model simulations to generate data and prepare techno-economic and sustainability evaluation
  • Develop, validate and optimize mechanistic and/or (semi-)empirical models of Unit Operations (e.g. Fermenters) to accurately represent underlying process phenomena and assess impact on the equipment design
  • Support research, engineering, and operation by creating new custom models and by maintaining and improving existing modelling infrastructure
  • Reinforce and build Sustainable Process Design as one of the key disciplines of Process Technology and bring technology forward to other departments (e.g. Operations)


About you


We are looking for an enthusiastic Process Design Specialist with a passion for innovation and improvement, knowledge generation and learning.


In addition to your educational achievements on a MSc graduate level at least, or preferably higher, a successful candidate meets the following criteria:


  • Proven experience in applying modelling tools for Process Design and Development with preferably 2+ years of industrial work experience in a relevant Process Industry field
  • Ability to understand the relevant physico-chemical phenomena in the system, define the necessary mathematical framework and program it in adequate programming software for solution; assess obtained solutions in physical reality and drive model validation efforts
  • Proficiency in equation-based modelling software, preferably gPROMS software
  • Preference for experience in unit operation design, ideally in fermenter/reactor design
  • Preference for experience in performing techno-economic and sustainability evaluations.
  • Preference for experience in unit operation selection, ideally also in equipment selection
  • Passion for innovation and sustainability with eagerness to learn and acquire new skills
  • Strong conceptual thinking skills, complemented by good analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Proactive person, committed to deliver on promises
  • Team player, interested in working in multi-disciplinary project teams, with ability to engage with people from different business functions
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)
  • Good communication skills with intercultural sensitivity awareness


Our offer


What makes Corbion special is the way we consciously create that connection between the product of our work and our individual lives and use it to shape our choices and our priorities as a company. We are a group of talented, dedicated people – people united behind a common purpose and a vision. When we all understand and agree on how we intend to get to our destination, there’s no telling how far we can go. We need you to enrich the group, go the extra mile, embody our behaviors and show passion, integrity, creativity, conceptual thinking and self-confidence. You will be part of the team responsible for process design of all Corbion manufacturing processes, shaping the processes of the future and bringing step change improvement to our existing sugar-based processes.


We offer you the chance to join Corbion, a company with a:

  • Culture to empower people where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference
  • International focus where we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute to our values and shared objectives
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of bio-based products
  • Commitment to develop its employees, not just by training on the job but by preparing individual development plans and investing in relevant trainings/courses.
  • Friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits, with particular emphasis on healthy work-life balance


By joining Corbion, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects.


About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2023, Corbion generated annual sales of €1,443.8 million and had a workforce of 2,727 FTE. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


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