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Downstream Process Engineer

Job Category:  Engineering
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Peoria, IL, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2876

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



The Downstream/Refining Engineer will play a pivotal role in the production and development of the natural ferment strategy. This position will spearhead Downstream/Product Refining growth and will be responsible for the transfer of Refining methods for new fermentation processes as well as support on-going production processes. The ideal candidate will be experienced in technology transfer in downstream processes from pilot/demo scale to production facilities. This position requires an in-depth understanding of engineering/processing issues involved in scale-up and possesses both practical and analytical skills to implement relevant scale-down models.



  • Lead implementation of Downstream processes for new fermentation products. 
  • Lead optimization of the running the new refining processes through experimental design, planning and execution.
  • Develop mass balances, process flow diagrams P&IDs, economic analysis, SOPs & batch records.
  • Support the Peoria operations with regards to Downstream. Mentor and support production team.
  • Perform data analysis to develop understanding of the tradeoffs between process parameters and key performance indicators. 
  • Knowledge and expertise in various isolations, Spray Drying, Powder Agglomeration, Crystallization, Evaporation, Membrane Filtration, Centrifugation, Filtration.
  • Oversee equipment selection, modification, procurement, installation, and start-up in relation to Downstream Operations.
  • Perform process modeling and simulation to optimize and predict performance at various operating conditions in cooperation with the R&D department in EU (the Netherlands).
  • Contribute to the company’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio and assist on preparation of patent applications.
  • Conducts audits and follows up on action required for compliance with company audits such as GMP, HACCP, safety and environmental issues.
  • Other duties as determined by business needs



  • Ph.D. (preferred) or BS in Chemical or Bioengineering or related field of study with appropriate experieince.
  • 10+ years of relevant industry experience in process engineering.
  • In-depth technical expertise in operating and optimizing bio/chemical-reactor/Refining processes at bench scale,/or pilot scale, demo scale up to commercial scale production.
  • Demonstrated hands on experience of pilot and industrial scale production of food ingredients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to collaborate in a cross-functional team of engineers, scientists, operators, vendors, and partners/collaborators.
  • Ability to work in an operational environment while also having a strong connection to the Corbion R&D department.
  • Strong technical and analytical proficiency, self-motivated, creative, and flexible in a fast-moving environment.
  • Experience with process modeling and simulation using Aspen Plus or other computational tools is a plus.
  • Possible travel up to 15%-25% of the time to Europe for technology transfer with the R&D facility in Europe (The Netherlands).


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed in a normal office setting and on a manufacturing floor. In the office setting, there will be minimal exposure to health or safety hazards, with substantial time spent working on a computer.
  • Requires sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate computer keyboard and other office equipment.
  • Laboratory /Pilot operations will require dexterity and care to perform studies as required.
  • Production floor setting will result in exposure to hot and cold temperatures, noise, fumes, limited dust, and oily coolants.
  • Requires walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting of material up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • The performance of this position will present exposure to an industrial environment and requires support and compliance with the published Company PPE policy including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields, appropriate attire, safety shoes, hard hat, hearing protection, etc.
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours supporting a 24/7 operation including weekends as necessary.


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 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 1,070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2490 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


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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