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Principal Scientist

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

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  1685

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


The Principal Scientist, Enzymes at Corbion plays a key role in delivering Food Technology and Application projects, contributing to the execution of the our growth strategy.  This position reports to the Director, Technology and Functional Blends and serves as Subject Matter Expert to projects and programs that focus on enzyme technology, their functionality, and impact on a variety of food applications, including bakery applications.


In this role, you will collaborate closely with internal and external partners to build, maintain, and deliver a robust and effective Innovation Pipeline.  The ideal candidate will be confident as a key player in translating the business strategy into the Technology Roadmap and its execution. You’ll spend your time successfully driving the research and exploration of new technologies and enzyme solutions and the improvement of existing ones.

Are you passionate about maintaining and contributing to a culture of high standards performance, curiosity and on-going learning, continuous improvement, knowledge cross-fertilization within and beyond the department?  This may be the right career opportunity for you!



  • Identify new growth opportunities, scouting new and existing technologies and their
    effective use in known and new applications. Lead building the enzyme biochemical analysis and research capabilities within the company.
  • Align with Product Managers to expand, improve, and optimize Corbion’s product portfolio.
  • Train internal and external stakeholders as global corporate subject matter expert.
  • Lead enzyme related projects related to the development of products/solutions to support customers
  • Ensure proper project planning, leading or actively contributing to key projects including identifying potential hurdles, evaluating options and solutions, creating tactical and strategic plans to overcome them.
  • Lead innovative idea generation, root-cause analysis, and problem solving discussions; drive the science/technologies in line with market trends, consumer and customer needs for innovative products.
  • Partner with enzyme suppliers to learn and transform their new technologies into application solutions, creating value to Corbion and our customers.
  • Support Technology and Functional Blends and Application Teams to maintain and upgrade labs with new equipment and technologies.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Food Science, Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Cereal Chemistry. Any further educations/PhD is a plus.
  • Extensive experience (+15 years) in enzyme analysis, development, functionality, and
    application in food.
  • Proven success translating scientific/technical knowledge into profitable business opportunities.
  • Working knowledge of innovation processes and project management in a multi-functional global project environment.
  • Strong team-player skills: build on expertise of others, and able to connect the dots to drive for success.
  • Available to travel up to 30%.

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 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


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




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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