Scale up DSP Specialist – corbion – Gorinchem


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




Are you passionate for sustainability and would you like to work for a front-runner in the field of sustainability and make the difference? For the Innovation Center Process Technology group we are looking for a hands-on Process Specialist, who can support our team in developing new innovative processes for food, biochemical and/or algae business, or improve existing processes. The Process Technology group is one of the core technologies of Corbion’s Innovation Center, at our location in Gorinchem. This is the largest R&D site of Corbion world-wide with labs, office space and pilot plants. On this site, the largest lactic acid derivative production facility is also found, serving our core business units.

Corbion Innovation Center’s Process Technology group consists of a team of around 20 scientists and technicians. We create value by providing innovative solutions for process design, development and optimization activities and taking responsibility for scale-up and process demonstration, from bench-top to industrial scale, including technology transfer and implementation support.


The role


As a Process Specialist (Downstream Processing), you will engage in a broad range of activities aimed at developing, optimizing and implementing downstream processes (post fermentation) for our food, biochemical and algae business by delivering from lab through pilot/demo to implementation in our plants. You will build insight, know-how and skills on different downstream processing technologies for both food and non-food products. These can include different separation processes (such as biomass separation, S/L separation, ion exchange, adsorption, G/L separation, extraction, electrodialysis) and/or also downstream processes around concentration, preservation and powder production (e.g. evaporation, UHT, spray drying, granulation etc.).


Your role is that of “collaborative and bridging leader” to transfer processes from R&D to plants. You combine a solid scientific background with a hands-on and can-do mentality and a strong drive to deliver. As Process Specialist in Process Technology you will work in innovative, multi-disciplinary project teams. You will form and maintain connections to business and operations as well as colleagues from other Innovation Center groups, such as Industrial Fermentation, Product Development, Microbiology etc.


Furthermore this role is focused on:

  • Leading or supporting scale-up, implementation, optimization and cost reduction of new or existing processes and products at Corbion’s locations or at third parties.
  • Preparing, leading and executing pilot and demo scale production runs; translating the outcomes to full plant scales and giving support to plant scale trials.
  • Translating the technology challenges of commercial plants to lab-scale trials at R&D
  • Supporting or leading troubleshooting in case of problems in our plant facilities and translating problems back to lab-scale trials and knowledge base.
  • Analyzing results generated by Technicians, and signal IP opportunities
  • Ensuring documentation and reporting of procedures and results according to the Corbion standards.
  • Building, maintaining and exploiting DSP development and implementation skills
  • Supporting intellectual property, regulatory affairs, marketing and sales departments with relevant expertise
  • Assisting in supervision and support of technicians



About you


In addition to educational achievements on a Master or PhD level ((bio)chemical technology, food technology, polymer technology or other relevant field) and up to 5 years of industrial experience, you have a practical hands-on, can-do mentality with a strong drive for results.


Next to this, the Process Specialist (Downstream Processing) has:


  • Knowledge and experience in development, scale-up and implementation of unit operations used in downstream processing, preferably in the field of chemical engineering, biotechnology or other relevant process industry (chemical, biochemical or food)
  • Experience with innovation project and process management, preferably experience with coordinating R&D project teams in a multi-functional project environment
  • Ability to think and contribute beyond own expertise area (helicopter view)
  • Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity
  • Both willing and able to work in operations environment as well as R&D, being able to translate cases back and forth between operational plant and R&D bench
    • Contribute to identify potential safety risks when preparing lab/pilot and production trials
    • Ability to act as Subject Matter Expert in the field of process development and/or scaling up
    • Combining solid problem analyses with practical judgement and creativity
    • Can apply the knowledge and expertise in providing practical and/or create innovative solutions while being able to clearly present the added value of your contributions.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30 %
  • Stress resilient; ability to deal effectively with ambiguity and scope changes
  • Collaborative, pro-active, responsible, result-driven and flexible
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)



At Corbion, we look for employees who can:

SET CLEAR DIRECTION: Explain clearly where we are heading, why and how we will get there

MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: Deliver results and quality while managing change

FOCUS ON CUSTOMERS: Consistently meet the expectations of internal and external customers

DELIVER THROUGH TEAMWORK: Engage, motivate, challenge and support employees and teams


As the Process Specialist (Downstream Processing) we need you to go the extra mile, to embody our behaviors and show the following competencies: Impact, entrepreneurial initiative and self-management.



Our offer


We offer competitive remuneration and benefits. What makes Corbion special is the way we consciously create that connection between the product of our work and our individual lives and use it to shape our choices and our priorities as a company. We have a great company made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision. When we all understand how we intend to get there in the same way, there’s no telling how far we can go. We offer you the chance to join a company with a:

  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference International focus with truly diverse teams
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of biobased products
  • We invest in relevant training courses related to your particular discipline, that will give you the opportunity to grow into an industry expert
  • Lastly, we offer a friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. By joining Corbion, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects.



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 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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