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Scientist, Fermentation

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

South San Francisco, CA, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2217

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, California 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.


We are seeking a Scientist to join our Fermentation Process Development team at our South San Francisco site. The position level may be adjusted corresponding to the candidate’s experience and qualifications.  This position involves research and development activities involving aerobic fermentations for a broad range of applications. The individual will be a hands-on bench scientist responsible for the design and execution of scientific activities critical to corporate strategies. 



  • Design, execute, and analyze critical fermentation process development experiments to maximize understanding of microbial physiology, optimize key performance metrics, and improve fermentation sciences
  • Contribute to the development of new principles, concepts, and methods to enable process development, scale-up of processes to pilot scale, and technology transfer to manufacturing scale
  • Conduct laboratory bench work to execute, optimize, and troubleshoot fermentation process operations
  • Analyze, summarize, and present experimental results to expedite development in a collaborative team environment
  • Interface with multidisciplinary groups and represent fermentation process expertise at scientific and project meetings




  • Doctorate in Chemical Engineering/Microbiology or related scientific field plus 1+ year(s) in a fermentation research and development position demonstrating technical proficiency and independent thought in executing research activities; Bachelor's degree with 10+ years  or Master's degrees with 5+ years  of relevant experience in conducting independent research and development may be considered
  •  Demonstrated hands-on experience and knowledge of fermentation science and biochemical engineering principles, theory, and practice
  • Hands-on experience with optimization of cultivation media, aerobic fermentation process monitoring/control, and operations at laboratory scale
  • Hands-on experience with microbial cultivation and aseptic techniques
  • Preferred experience with automated process control strategies with feedback and feed-forward logic
  • Familiarity and ability to work with common fermentation laboratory equipment: fermentors or bioreactors (Applikon EzControl and others), autoclave, pH meter, laboratory scales and balances, centrifuge, fermentation process control software (Applikon Bioxpert or others) and others
  • Ability to work in a fermentation laboratory and routinely handle and lift equipment up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary research team
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite and ability to utilize new software/automation tools for scientific and business activities
  • Ability to occasionally work off-shift hours as required for microbial cultivation processes
  • Occasional travel to support business activities such as technology transfer and manufacturing support 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 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:


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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