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Senior Research Associate I

Job Category:  Product Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

South San Francisco, CA, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  4213

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


Corbion Biotech, Inc. develops ingredients such as oils, and oil or protein rich biomass powders from microalgae for food, feed, and health based applications. As our next Senior Research Associate, you will use your analytical chemistry skills and experience to support product improvement and new product development initiatives. Position will be based in South San Franciso but will require periodic visits to our Belmont facility.



  • Perform various, routine chemical analyses on dried microalgal biomass and extracted oils,
    • Perform lab scale extraction of oil from biomass
  • Set up and run shelf-life/stability studies on dried microalgal biomass and extracted oils
  • Research, procure, set-up and maintain analytical equipment and equipment service contracts
    • Write standard operating procedures and validate methods for existing and new equipment and sample formats
  • Maintain detailed records, organize data, generate reports and prepare presentations as needed
  • Maintain a clean and organized lab ensuring compliance with GLP and EH&S practices
    • Order reagents and supplies to maintain adequate inventories
  • Prepare and submit samples to contract analytical labs as needed
    • Identify and establish relationships with new contract analytical labs as needed
  • Generate data to support the development of intellectual property
  • Other duties as determined by business needs.



  • BS in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field
  • 5+ years of experience working in a QC or R&D laboratory
  • Proficiency with basic wet chemistry techniques
  • Familiarity with oil chemistry and associated analytical methods
  • Ability to develop, validate and document analytical methods
  • Experience working with microalgae or microbial biomass and/or oils helpful
  • Proficiency working with analytical instruments such as Karl Fisher Analyzer for moisture determination, Titration for determination of peroxide and free fatty acid values, Rancimat for OSI determination, laser diffraction particle size analyzer, rheometer and viscometer, Hunter colorimeter, rotovap
  • Able to work independently
  • Highly organized and familiar with the use of advanced features of Excel for data management and statistical analyses
  • Resourceful at finding solutions to problems and learning new techniques as needed to support product development initiatives


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 $75,000 to $100,000.

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 2022, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 1,457.9 million and has a workforce of over 2601 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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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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