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Senior Scientist Fermentation & Bioprocessing

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

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  4092

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


As our Senior Scientist Fermentation & Bioprocessing at Corbion your role is to co-ordinate and participate hands-on in R&D projects close to or with operations, with small teams of technicians, and other scientists or specialists. Activities will focus on to the interface of lab and pilot-scale production and the technology transfer to operations at various production sites of Corbion worldwide. You combine a solid scientific background with a hands-on can-do mentality and a strong drive to deliver.


Main responsibilities

  • support operations on troubleshooting, startups, transferring and implementation of new or improved fermentation processes
  • scale-up / scale-down fermentation processes from lab to pilot to implementation and back
  • identify opportunities for process improvements & develop initiatives to substantiate through R&D projects
  • build insight, know-how and skills on fermentation processes for lactic acid and other products
  • add scientific understanding to the empirical fermentation experience base in operations


Furthermore, this role is focused on:

  • Executing projects, typically in (small) teams to support the implementation of new processes and products
  • Translating the technology challenges of commercial plants to lab-scale trials at R&D as well as scaling up from lab to pilot.
  • Building, maintaining and exploiting fermentation development and implementation skills
  • Actively using internal and external professional networks
  • We offer you the opportunity to coach and develop technicians and/or trainees


About you


In addition to educational achievements on a PhD level, the successful candidate for the position of Scientist Fermentation & Bioprocessing must also have:


  • PhD in microbiology, biotechnology and / or fermentation
  • Experience in (industrial) fermentation R&D
  • Working experience in operational environment
  • Pragmatic attitude combined with solid scientific basis, and proven ability to act on that with good result
  • High level of flexibility combined with a strong sense of direction
  • Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity
  • Experience with leading (small) teams and experience in industrial fermentation development (beyond lab scale) is considered a plus
  • Willingness to travel
  • Stress resilient; ability to deal effectively with ambiguity and scope changes
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)


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:


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