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R&D Bioprocess Engineer


Key Accountabilities


Based in our R&D team in Andenne, we are currently looking for our new Bioprocess Engineer. Your mission will be to become our expert on enzymes production and as such lead the development and scale-up of industrial fermentation processes in a multidisciplinary way of working. Your main accountabilities will be the following:


Lead fermentation related projects respecting budget and deadlines:


  • Manage projects according global R&D and business expectations in a multidisciplinary way of working
  • Formulate and optimize fermentation media
  • Develop new fermentation processes and strategies
  • Optimize and scale up production processes
  • Develop and upgrade procedures and methodologies


Develop expertise in the area of enzyme production with focus on fermentation and related topics (equipment, raw materials, parameters,  understanding at cellular level etc.):


  • Build strong relationships with research communities specialized in fermentation (academic, institutional and private)
  • Set up an Advisory/Consultant board
  • Keep track of new technologies and trends to identify new opportunities in fermentation and related topics
  • Manage external collaborations and projects with academics or institutes
  • Create a unique and common approach for to scale up from lab to pilot and large-scale fermentation
  • Implement analytical understanding of fermentation at a cellular level


Manage the lab scale and the pilot plant as a unique “Innovation and Demo Fermentation Platform”:


  • Maintain the equipment (hardware/software) at state of the art level
  • Manage planning and deadline.
  • Manage the maintenance requirements


Handle people management with direct and indirect reports:


  • Develop a training approach in the field
  • Manage student internships and/or coach people in the fermentation team in charge of student (Bac+3, Engineer, Master) 


Offer proactive support to other R&D, Production or QC activities


Who are we looking for?


  • M.S., Eng or Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering or related fieldn and experience in the field.
  • Practical hands-on research expertise in microbial fermentation.
  • Good knowledge in heterologous enzyme/protein expression.
  • Strong technical fundamentals and practical experience in the design and execution of experiments.
  • High enthusiasm for industrial fermentation process development, validation, process scale-up and continuous process improvements in yield, quality, and economics approaches.
  • People management skills.
  • Ability to work in matrix structure.
  • Problem solving and “can do” approach.
  • Up to date with trending literature on industrial fermentation practices/trends and technologies.
  • Familiar with downstream processing technologies.
  • Ability to carry out tasks associated with technology transfer.
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of French is an asset.


Why would you join Puratos?


You will join a stable family business that has become an international market leader with a strong corporate culture and a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. You will receive plenty of room to take initiative. In that way, you will contribute to the company’s success. A challenging work environment with varied tasks is what you can expect:

  • many responsibilities and the possibility to take ownership of your work
  • training and career opportunities to evolve within the company


Watch our corporate movie and feel the Puratos Magic:


Are you looking for the right recipe for your career?


The secrets behind Puratos’ global success and consistent growth are taste and quality. We would like to welcome you within our enthusiastic, committed and passionate team of more than 8800 employees. We are an international player and, what is more, a Belgian family business. Our people make the difference every single day. How? By developing, producing and distributing a unique and high-quality range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers, since 1919.


A century later, our products and services are available in more than 100 countries around the world. Our passion for innovation, closeness to our customers, and their customers, as well as our core values form the basis of our passion to improve. Working at Puratos is choosing a Top Employer in Belgium.


Shall we meet soon?