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Senior Scientist Food Microbiology & Preservation

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

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  4198

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





Within our Sustainable Food Solutions Business Unit, the Food Microbiology & Preservation R&D team plays a key role in the investigation and development of new solutions that contribute to Corbion's growth in the Natural Preservation Business. The team of Experts works on both Modelling and Preservation Solutions in the form of functional food ingredients that are key to the safety, shelf life, and overall properties of Food Stuff.


As our Senior Scientist Food Microbiology, you contribute to innovation projects as well as Customer support. You are based at our site in Gorinchem, the Netherlands and report to the Senior R&D Manager Food Microbiology & Preservation.




  • Support the team to maintain and support the Predictive Food Models for Food Microbiology (Like CLCM and CPC), which play an important role in the Corbion value offering in today’s global market.
  • Actively explore and propose new natural preservation solutions that fit the business strategy.
  • Identify opportunities of leveraging existing solutions, alone or in synergistic combinations, in unexplored and potentially business attractive food segments.
  • Contribute to the coordination of the microbiology/application workstreams for food innovation projects from the Food Micro & Preservation group
  • Ensure the high quality standards of the microbiology experiments for innovation projects, customer collaborations and specific sales requests
  • Maintain the collaboration between Food Micro and the Application groups (Gorinchem, Lenexa and remote).
  • Actively contribute to filling the innovation project pipeline
  • Actively contribute to maintain a consistent and continuous alignment and knowledge sharing within the Corbion Food Micro & Preservation group globally


Key Accountabilities


  • Technical Lead and Project Lead for Food Micro & Preservation related innovation projects
  • Internal and External Subject Matter Expert on Food Preservation related predictive modeling and anti-microbial technology
  • Contribute to development of the Food Innovation roadmaps and pipeline
  • Set-up of experimental work and work together with the technicians to ensure correct execution of the experimental work
  • More complex Data analysis on results generated by technicians
  • Ensuring proper reporting of the results and conclusions
  • Development of new protocols
  • Supervision, train, mentor, and support technicians
  • Literature research, and keeping the knowledge of self and the rest of the team well updated on new preservation technologies and trends.
  • Maintain a strong external (scientific) network




  • Master in Food Science, Food Microbiology, Biology or equivalent education. PhD is preferred.
  • Specialized in Food Preservation, with a good understanding of various food applications and food science
  • Experience in working in a BSL-2 lab
  • At least 10 years working experience, preferably in a food company
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience in handling of food-related microorganisms
  • Passionate about food, food preservation, and innovation
  • Project leadership skills: track record of delivering complicated objectives through others: consultants, team members, experts
  • Customer focused and solution oriented mindset
  • Capable of building trusted relationship with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creative and drive for success
  • Pragmatic and can-do mentality
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, and proactive approach. 
  • Strong team-player skills



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 2022, Corbion generated annual sales of € 1457.9 million and has a workforce of over 2601 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


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