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Scale-up Downstream Processing Specialist

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time but Part Time optional
Job ID:  3907

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



Do you want to use your expertise & skills in the field of Bioprocess Development and play a key role in the development, optimization and implementation of our existing and new, sustainable processes for Corbion worldwide? As our Scale-up DSP Specialist you will work for the Technology Transfer Center at our location in Gorinchem. Your working field spans R&D and pilot facilities, as well as Corbion’s factories on 4 continents.


Your main responsibilities as our Scale-up DSP Specialist are to exploit and extend your expertise in developing, optimizing and implementing separation processes (S/L, G/L and adsorption/ion exchange) by delivering from lab through pilot/demo to implementation in our plants. You will build insight, know-how and skills on different downstream processing technologies for both food and non-food products. Your role is that of "collaborative and bridging leader" to transfer processes from R&D to plants. You combine a solid scientific background with a hands-on and can-do mentality and a strong drive to deliver.


Furthermore this role is focused on:

  • Supporting start-up, implementation, optimization and cost reduction of new or existing processes at Corbion's locations or at third parties.
  • Preparing, leading and executing pilot and demo scale production runs; translating the outcomes to full plant scales and giving support to plant scale trials.
  • Translating the technology challenges of commercial plants to lab-scale trials at R&D
  • Leading troubleshooting in case of problems in our plant facilities and translating problems back to lab-scale trials and knowledge base.
  • Building, maintaining and exploiting DSP development and implementation skills
  • Supporting intellectual property, regulatory affairs, marketing and sales departments with relevant expertise


About you


In addition to educational achievements on a Master or PhD level and up to 5 years of industrial experience, the successful candidate for the position of Scale-up DSP Specialist must also have:


  • Preferably proven track record as expert in the field of chemical engineering, biotechnology or other relevant process industry (chemical, biochemical or food)
  • Knowledge and experience in development, scale-up and implementation of some separation technologies
  • Affinity to develop specifically in following separation technologies: biomass separation, S/L separation, ion exchange, adsorption, G/L separation, extraction, electrodialysis
  • Ability to think and contribute beyond own expertise area (helicopter view)
  • Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity
  • Both willing and able to work in operations environment as well as R&D, being able to translate cases back and forth between operational plant and R&D bench
  • Willingness to travel up to 30 %
  • Stress resilient; ability to deal effectively with ambiguity and scope changes
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)


At Corbion, we look for employees who can:

SET CLEAR DIRECTION: Explain clearly where we are heading, why and how we will get there

MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: Deliver results and quality while managing change

FOCUS ON CUSTOMERS: Consistently meet the expectations of internal and external customers

DELIVER THROUGH TEAMWORK: Engage, motivate, challenge and support employees and teams


As the Scale-up DSP Specialist we need you to go the extra mile, to embody our behaviors and show the following competencies: Impact, entrepreneurial initiative and self-management.


Our offer


We offer competitive remuneration and benefits. 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 have a great company made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision. When we all understand how we intend to get there in the same way, there’s no telling how far we can go. We offer you the chance to join a company with a:

  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference International focus with truly diverse teams
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of biobased products
  • We invest in relevant training courses related to your particular discipline, that will give you the opportunity to grow into an industry expert
  • Lastly, we offer a friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. 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 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of € 1070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2400 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.


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