Bioprocess Engineer

Uren per week: 40
Contracttype: Vast
Datum: 2022-05-17 20:30:19
Referentie: 43075
Functiedomein: Bio
Calin Ciprianpop
Foreign Engineering
Poortakkerstraat 21, 9051 Sint-Denijs-Westrem


As a Bioprocess Engineer, you will support the activities in the field of life support technology. This includes projects in the production of water, food, and oxygen from recycled materials and in-situ resources (extracted from planetary ground or atmosphere). Your tasks will include:

  • Conceptual design of process flows to produce drinking water, oxygen, and food from recycled materials or in-situ resources (process flow diagrams).
  • Detailed design and engineering of laboratory and pilot scale demonstrators (process & piping diagrams).
  • Support the design by mathematical modelling to create a virtual plant model for the simulation of selected processes .
  • Define the key manipulated variables of the process and define control strategies.
  • Translate the design in a development plan, prepare a functional description, and identify the requirements for equipment.
  • Coordinate the purchase/manufacturing/assembly of the equipment in cooperation with the system, mechanical and electrical engineering teams and suppliers/contractors.
  • Define a test and evaluation plan with associated procedures.
  • Evaluation of process performances based on laboratory and pilot scale tests (process ‘capability’ and ‘performance’ parameters).
  • Prepare technical documentation, manuals, test reports, results presentations, minutes of meetings…
  • Prepare operational scenarios and roadmaps for future space application of processes.
  • Adapt selected technology to the space environment (radiation, reduced gravity, vacuum…)
  • Translate phase A/0 concepts to requirements for future space technology development (phase B/C/D)


Our client, one of the largest and most respected global science and technology organisations, needs a BioProcess Engineer for the site in Belgium. They are constantly breaking new grounds in the application of cutting-edge technology in the space sector delivering pioneering solutions and successfully transferring their expertise into pushing the boundaries of space


  • MSc or PhD in the field of bioscience engineering (environmental engineering, chemistry and food technology, bioprocess simulation and control, cell biology, biochemical or biomedical…)
  • Familiar with key microbiological, chemical, and physical processes for water treatment and (waste) material processing, including:
  1. Microbial dynamics and growth kinetics.
  2. Biological and chemical oxidation-reduction processes, bio-electrochemical processes.
  3. Water chemistry.
  4. Reactor/fermenter technology.
  5. Liquid/gas equilibria and transfer processes.
  6. Solids separation and transport processes.
  7. Membrane technology.
  • Affinity for process design and automation supported by mathematical modelling of involved processes
  • Affinity with laboratory procedures and pilot scale testing for validation of processes.
  • Familiar with instruments and sensors to measure process parameters.
  • Familiar with disinfection and sterilisation technology and evaluation methods.
  • Knowledge of biological and chemical material compatibility.
  • Awareness of specific space conditions such as radiation, vacuum, reduced gravity and their effect on process performance is an asset.
  • Awareness of electro-mechanical design is an asset.
  • Enthusiastic, result-oriented, and fast-learning team player with good communication skills at all levels.
  • Fluency in English is a must, fluency in Dutch and/or French is a plus.


  • The leading-edge technological aspects and variety of tasks makes working at our client an exciting challenge.
  • You will get a unique opportunity to fully develop your talent, your career and prove yourself in one of the top high technological space companies in Flanders.
  • You will work in an expanding international company with a flexible working atmosphere and awareness on a proper work-life balance.
  • A challenging and exciting opportunity in a multidisciplinary team of enthusiastic and inspiring colleagues is waiting for you.


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