R&D scientist (Vilvoorde -April till October)

16-3-2020 vilvoorde
company profile

We aim at developing functional ingredients using an innovative and natural process and optimizing this process in order to maximize ingredient functionality and production efficiency. Focusing on natural plant-based aqueous extractions from different botanical sources. The scientist will be providing scientific and technical assistance in the field of natural plant-based emulsions, performing extractions and associated activities at lab and pilot scale, conducting basic emulsion technology analysis and reporting results, conclusions and recommendations to scientists/technical team and engineers.

job description

Principal Accountabilities:
-Participate to research projects within ingredient, Material and Nutrition team (IMN) and other businesses ensuring progress is in alignment with the project objectives and timelines
-Provide technical support within R&D projects in the field of natural plant-based emulsions
-Plan and perform (lab and pilot) plant-based process extractions in collaboration with the scientists and technical team in line with the site-specific safety and food safety requirements
-Perform literature studies as basis for planning experiments and experimental designs
-Make use of specific analytical tools linked to emulsion technology: rheology, particle size distribution, microscopy and others.
-Document trial results (process conditions, mass balances) and facilitates communication with internal contacts
-Record and analyze the results and establish trial reports including conclusions, interpretations and recommendations
-Plan and discuss interdepartmental work with the respective teams (i.e.: Pilot Plant, Applications and such)
-Perform (pilot) trials in a shift operating system if required (on average one day a month shift work, morning or evening shift (no night work))

your contribution

-Master of Bachelor degree in (Bio, Chemical) Engineering, Food Science, Food Chemistry, or closely related field
-Food industry experience preferably in Research or Product Development
-Knowledge of food processing and food chemistry
-Hands on and proactive mentality
-Team player
-Excellent communicator
-Strong structural and organizational skills
-Solid problem-solving skills
-Detail oriented
-Ability to work in diverse, cross functional teams 
-Ability to handle shifting priorities
-Proficient in MS Office applications
-Fluent in English language

what do we offer?

A temporary replacement for a pregnancy leave. You would be able to work in a research minded environment. When interested, apply to us by sending your recent resume and motivational letter.

engineer (m/f)
employment type
full time
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temporary contract
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