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Process Development Engineer

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

South San Francisco, CA, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2301

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 to support downstream process development and technology transfer efforts. 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 design, implementation, and operation of bench and pilot scale experiments, with focus on downstream recovery from fermentation broth through final product.
  • Develop, support and/or optimize lab and pilot-scale manufacturing processes including drying, particle size reduction, solid-liquid and liquid-liquid extractions, filtration, separation, chemical modification, etc. Perform mass and energy balances for selected unit operations or processes.  Trouble-shoot equipment and process issues and provide maintenance and repair guidance.
  • Develop analytical methods required to monitor processes; hands-on skills with instrumental analysis and wet chemistry.
  • Evaluate, procure and operate lab and pilot plant equipment for a variety of applications.  Work with internal and external resources to define process requirements for new equipment installation or modifications to existing equipment, including P&ID reviews/revisions, pre-startup safety reviews, development of SOPs and training personnel, and providing oversight for commissioning and startup.
  • Work within a team framework, with both individual responsibility and support of other scientists.  Works closely with the Downstream Process Development, R&D, Facilities and Manufacturing Groups.
  • Transfer technology and knowledge to commercial operations.
  • Plan and coordinate external development projects with contract labs and vendors.
  • Maintain accurate documentation in laboratory notebook and/or batch records; write test protocols, SOP's and reports. Interpret and present analytical and experimental data.





  • Qualified applicants will possess a B.S., MS or equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or a related field, with 2+ years industrial experience with relevant unit operations.
  • Experience in operating and maintaining lab and pilot-scale process equipment (evaporator, drum drier, homogenizer, bead mill, continuous process centrifuge for solid-liquid and liquid-liquid separations, mechanical oil recovery press/extractor, process filtration equipment, oil (RBD) processing equipment, etc..).
  • Experience in analyzing biological materials using common analytical chemistry and wet chemistry methods, as well as developing and running physical chemistry/process characterization methods.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; and the ability to work both independently in a multi-disciplinary environment and as a key teammate within an interdisciplinary team
  • Skillful in problem solving and trouble-shooting data, equipment, and procedures.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment without sacrificing accuracy, quality of work, and safety.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point
  • May need occasional travel


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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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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