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Senior Specialist Polymerization Scale-up

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

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time but Part Time optional
Job ID:  1064

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


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


Your main responsibilities as our Polymerization Scale-up Specialist are to exploit and extend your engineering expertise in developing, optimizing and implementing our industrial-scale processes for lactic acid-based oligomers and polymers   by delivering from lab through pilot/demo to implementation in our plants. Using your chemical engineering background, you will build insight, know-how and skills on typical polymerization processes, like melt-phase polycondensation and ring-opening polymerization, for various products. Your role is that of "collaborative and bridging leader" to transfer processes from R&D to plants. By being able to translate R&D lab developments and approaches to pilot- and plant-scale 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 and products at Corbion's locations or at third parties.
  • Develop process technology concepts that lead to the desired production flexibility and functional properties against lowest manufacturing cost.
  • Participate in all project stages from feasibility to commissioning and start-up.
  • Preparing, leading and executing pilot and demo-scale production runs; translating the outcomes to full plants and giving technical support to plant-scale trials.
  • Translating the technology challenges of commercial plants to lab-scale trials, and vice versa if so required.
  • Leading troubleshooting in case of problems in our plant facilities and translating problems back to lab-scale trials and materials science fundamentals.
  • Building, maintaining and exploiting DSP development and implementation skills
  • Supporting intellectual property, regulatory affairs, marketing and sales departments with your relevant expertise.


About you


In addition to educational achievements on a Master level and 5-10 years of industrial experience, the successful candidate for the position of Polymerization Scale-up Specialist must also have:


  • Proven track record as expert in the field of industrial polymerization processes and thermoplastic polymer processing
  • Affinity to develop specifically in following polymerization technologies: thermoplastic polyester production by melt-phase polycondensation as used in industry for aliphatic and semi-aromatic polyesters like PLA, PBT and PET;
  • Ability to think and contribute beyond own expertise area , and affinity with polymer chemistry and materials science
  • Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity
  • Willingness globally to travel up to 30 %
  • Stress resilient; ability to deal effectively with ambiguity and scope changes
  • Fluency in English (oral and written), German is a pre


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 polymer 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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