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Process Development Associate 2

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  On-Site
Office Location: 

South San Francisco, CA, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  4625

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


Corbion’s Algae Ingredients business is based in South San Francisco and leads the industry in developing new applications and markets for algae-based products. We have a range of sustainably produced algae products that deliver breakthrough innovations for human and animal nutrition.


An opportunity is available in our Pilot Plant group (in Belmont, CA) to support downstream process development as a Process Development Associate 2.  The position may be upgraded to Senior Process Development Associate (PDA) if candidate has significant relevant experience beyond requirements. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team focused on the development of new products and processes utilizing Corbion’s unique fermentation based technology.




  • Hands-on role in the setup, operation, and cleaning of bench and pilot scale equipment, with focus on downstream recovery processes from fermentation broth through final product.
  • Work on lab and pilot-scale processes including evaporation, drying, particle size reduction, solid-liquid and liquid-liquid extractions, filtration, separation, chemical modification, etc. Operate lab and pilot equipment and processes independently and with supervision.
  • Follow best practices and Standard Operating Procedures to conduct activities, which includes weighing out chemicals to prepare mixtures following detailed instructions. 
  • Maintain inventory of materials and supplies as needed for operational activities.
  • Adhere to facility safety practices to ensure safe operations.
  • Conduct maintenance activities on relevant equipment: disassemble and reassemble pumps, centrifuges, homogenizers, filters, process piping, and other equipment of moderate complexity. Service equipment as needed to maintain in good working order. Communicate with vendors as needed to conduct equipment maintenance and support activities.
  • Assist in installation of new equipment or modification of existing equipment. 
  • Conduct analytical methods required to monitor processes and materials.
  • Document detailed observations of experiments, record data and assist with the analysis of results. Identify deviations with experiments and seeks appropriate advice to resolve.
  • Write test protocols, SOP's and reports.
  • Work within a cross functional team which includes Downstream Process Development, R&D, and Facilities with individual and team-based responsibilities.
  • Maintains process area and equipment in good working order.
  • Other duties as assigned.





  • Qualified applicants will possess a AA or BA/BS in a technical field (biotechnology, engineering, microbiology, etc.) with 2+ years’ experience OR at least 5 years relevant experience with technical industrial setting.
  • Prefer experience in operating and maintaining lab and pilot-scale process equipment (pumps, centrifuges, dryers, etc.).
  • Demonstrated hands-on mechanical skills with maintenance of industrial equipment of moderate complexity (bioprocessing equipment and utility systems).
  • Hands-on skills with instrumental analysis and wet chemistry preferred.
  • Must be able to lift 20-40 lbs and safely move portable tanks ranging in size from 10-1000L. 
  • Able to stand for long periods at a time while monitoring operations and performing tasks.
  • Experience with following Standard Operating Procedures for routine work and receive instructions for new processes.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with team. 
  • Capable of working in a fast paced environment without sacrificing accuracy, quality of work, and safety.
  • Proficiency with windows computers using Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint and other routine software.
  • Work Monday through Friday with occasional weekends and shifted work schedules


The below range reflects the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. This range may be modified in the future. An employee’s position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, seniority, performance, and business or organizational needs. The base salary range for this role is $68,000 to $85,000.



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 2023, Corbion generated annual sales of €1,443.8 million and had a workforce of 2,727 FTE. 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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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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