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Fermentation Engineer

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Job ID 16441 Date posted 05/13/2021 Location : Vilvoorde, Belgium

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 155  years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Fermentation Engineer will conduct research on fermentation and other biotechnology-related areas with a focus on development of new and optimization of existing industrial bioprocesses. In this role, you will work on a global multidisciplinary team to develop, plan and execute fermentation experimental designs at lab, pilot and plant scales, and effectively communicate results to stakeholders in R&D, engineering, production and business. This position also provides the opportunity to collaborate on infrastructure development, unit operation design, automation, in-line monitoring and numerous other technologies.

Key Accountabilities

  • Create technical work plans for fermentation experiments at lab, pilot and plant scale individually or as part of a team, applying good scientific and project management practices.
  • Conduct fermentation experiments safely and effectively against the project goals with a high level of excellence to ensure precise and accurate data.
  • Compile, analyze and interpret various forms of lab, pilot and plant data from data historians to enable sound data-driven conclusions.
  • Support the upgrade of process control and automation systems (including programming of process control strategies) as well as integration of new data management and visualization hardware and software.
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations to communicate experimental outcomes and well-reasoned recommendations for future work.
  • Collaborate with commercial fermentation facilities (engineers and operators) to support troubleshooting, identify new opportunities or evaluate and implement new technology oriented at process optimization.
  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in biochemical/bioscience engineering, biotechnology or a related field.
  • Minimum of two years of related work experience.
  • Knowledge of fermentation principles relevant to bioprocess development, scale-up and optimization.
  • Hands-on experience with lab-scale fermentation equipment, microbial techniques as well as mathematical, statistical and quantification tools (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, Julia).
  • Good oral and written communication skills (English)
  • Demonstrated awareness of safety


  • Master's or PhD degree in biochemical/bioscience engineering, biotechnology or a related field.
  • Knowledge and application of microbial physiology, physics, chemistry, and biochemical engineering.
  • Experience with pilot or plant scale fermentation and downstream processing equipment. Knowledge of fermentor and unit operation design, process control and automation.
  • Strong statistical foundation and numerical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, mechanical aptitude and critical thinking.

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world. 

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.
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