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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:  2651

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, which is located in Belmont, CA, 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 setup, operation, and cleaning of bench and pilot scale experiments, with focus on downstream recovery from fermentation broth through final product.
  • Work on lab and pilot-scale processes including drying, particle size reduction, solid-liquid and liquid-liquid extractions, filtration, separation, chemical modification, etc. Operate lab and pilot equipment and processes independently.
  • Conduct analytical methods required to monitor processes and materials; hands-on skills with instrumental analysis and wet chemistry.
  • Provides detailed observations of experiments. Records data and assists with the analysis of results. Interpret and present experimental data. Identifies deviations with experiments and seeks appropriate advice to resolve. Write test protocols, SOP's and reports.
  • 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.
  • Maintains process area and equipment in good working order.
  • Other duties as assigned.





  • Qualified applicants will possess a B.S., MS or equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or a related field, with 1+ years industrial experience with relevant unit operations.
  • Prefer 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..) emphasizing processing of microbial broth/biomass and associated products produced by fermentation.
  • Prefer experience in analyzing biological materials using common analytical chemistry and wet chemistry methods.
  • Prefer hands-on mechanical skills with operation and maintenance of bioprocessing and utility system equipment. Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • 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
  • 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



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.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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