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Senior Specialist Fermentation

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

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  1163

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.


Corbion's R&D Sustainable Food Solutions (SFS) develops functional ingredients which enhance shelf life, food safety, texture, flavor and overall performance of food stuff. What makes us special is that all our ingredient solutions are based on natural and sustainable resources. We closely work  together with our customers in co-developing innovative solutions. We have multi-disciplinary approach towards innovation together with marketing and sales. This is how we contribute to reducing food waste and improving food safety.


The Specialist Fermentation R&D SFS is a member of the Fermentation R&D SFS Team which plays a key role in the development of new ferments food industry. This role is focused on providing technical support, both internally as well as to customers, thereby creating customer and business value. The Specialist Fermentation will work closely with Business Development, Product Management, Sales, Operations & Procurement.




  • Providing technical expertise and support/execute Corbion’s projects according to the given priority. Set up and take ownership of projects as assigned either as lead or team member.
  • Define, optimize and execute the fermentation work at lab and pilot scale, in order to be scalable in an efficient and effective manner to industrial production.
  • Contribute to the transfer and industrialization of the fermentation process as required.
  • Collaborate with the other disciplines (DSP, PD, Preservation, Business, etc.) in order to translate the required targets into the proper selection of the strains and optimal fermentation process.
  • Actively contribute to the pipeline from ideation, concept development (lab-scale) through design and develop (pilot phase) and finally transfer all towards the plant for demo scale production.
    • Lead and provide expert support to work package within the work stream and or project.
    • Determine approach as technical workstream lead, project lead or internal expert, plan & execute with the team.
    • Responsible for and contribute to data capture & analysis. Timely and quality reporting of results.
    • Lead or provide experts support to external activities and tech transfer (lab, pilot, OPS)
  • Pro-actively Signal IP/patent opportunities.
  • Safeguard the Food-technology expertise in Corbion’s Food, and keep self and team updated with the latest technologies that can support the Corbion’s strategy.
  • Identify opportunities to make continuous improvements. Set quality standards for existing products, services, production or operational processes in response to customer needs.
  • Identify and setup external networks for scientific improvement and partnerships in projects.


Key accountabilities


  • Lead projects as assigned in order to deliver agreed results in line with the plan. 
  • Define, plan and execute projects with team based on business goals. Responsible for setting and achieving deliverables.
  • Set-up of experimental work and work together with the technicians to ensure correct execution of the experimental work and analyses.
  • Analyze results generated by you and the technicians. Signal IP opportunities.
  • Support and work together with the business (various departments) in providing technical knowledge/input on (customer) projects.
  • Development of new protocols for testing, continuous improvement on existing products, services, production or operational processes in response to customer needs.
  • Actively explore and propose new solutions that fit the business strategy, contribute to (innovation) pipeline.  
  • Train, mentor, and support technicians/specialists/scientists.
  • Literature research, and keeping the knowledge of self and the rest of the team well updated on competitor products, new  technologies and trends.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective external industrial and academic networks.
  • Actively participate in maintaining the facilities, equipment, and safety in the labs.
  • Support onboarding of colleagues.


About you


In addition to the educational achievements on a M.Sc. level in Microbiology, Biotechnology or equivalent, the Senior Specialist Fermentation R&D SFS also has:

  • Atleast 5 years’ experience in fermentation processes and industrial microbiology in Food companies.
  • Proven experience with  innovation project and process management.
  • Proven experience with leading R&D project teams in a multi-functional project environment.
  • Hands on mentality while performing experiments.
  • Willingness to travel (up to 20%).
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal).
  • Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity.
  • Excellent team-player skills, and able to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Take initiative, ownership & have an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Pragmatic and drive for success.
  • Taking care of safe working environment in labs and pilot facilities.
  • Bring new ideas into the organization.
  • Multiple projects/tasks management skills.
  • Advanced in planning the activities.


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 bio based 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 2019, Corbion generated annual sales of € 976.4 million and had a workforce of 2.138 FTE. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


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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