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Principal Scientist- Food Microbiology

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

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  795

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


Corbion creates innovative ingredient solutions for the world’s leading food manufacturers, using our expertise to help customers grow, working side-by-side with them to make affordable meat, beverage, bakery, confectionery and dairy products that capture peoples’ palates and earn their trust. With a focus on renewable resources and advanced fermentation and biological processes, we deliver sustainable answers to global food industry challenges.


As Principal Scientist - Food Microbiology at Corbion, you will play a strategically important, customer-facing role, using your expertise in applied microbiology science and years of manufacturing experience to help create and apply innovative solutions that grow the company’s food, meat and poultry business. You’ll be part of a global team of scientists and technologists working together in a dynamic culture unlike any other. At Corbion, company leadership is accessible and collaborative, every day is different than the next, diverse career paths are possible, your voice counts and your work is what matters most. In short, Corbion is a place where insightful, creative and results-driven people can make a meaningful impact in the food industry and in everyday lives.



  • Serve as an essential resource for applied microbiology expertise for members of the Corbion Sales team, customers and internal innovation teams.
  • Work side-by-side with customers to solve their food safety and shelf life challenges.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for customers and Sales in regard to the use of Corbion ingredients, application guidelines, formulations, production methods, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Serve as a consultant to customers in the development of protocols for challenge studies; engage other subject matter experts to ensure scientific rigor and compliance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Keep internal (colleagues’) meat technology and ingredient knowledge up-to-date by conducting training sessions, and coaching project teams and individuals.
  • Represent Corbion’s meat solutions technical expertise in external forums for industry associations, academia and customers.



  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PHD) in food science, meat science, or microbiology is required.
  • Minimum 10 years of related industrial experience; an advanced degree can substitute for experience.
  • Extensive microbiology modeling experience is required.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with a variety of people/audiences having different levels of expertise and technical knowledge; ability to present technical information at the appropriate level of sophistication to customers, technical conferences and upper management.
  • Up-to-date, working knowledge of meat manufacturing processes, food safety microbiology and industry best practices.
  • Substantive network within the meat and food ingredient industry, academia and associations.

About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. Our sustainable ingredient solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. With a worldwide network of production facilities, sales offices and agents in more than 100 countries, Corbion is known for quality, product innovation, and customer orientation, as well as for its collegial, informal and results-oriented company culture.


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Corbion Human Resources department.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.




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.

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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