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03.12.2019Holiferm Job offer Process Engineer
Holiferm invites applications from inspired, innovative and outstanding individuals for a full time process engineering role in biosurfactant production.

Holiferm is facilitating the transition of the $36 billion surfactant market from harmful, oil based chemicals to biobased alternatives by working with the current market leaders to provide a collaborative innovation platform.

Holiferm recently agreed its first technology license with a field leading surfactant company and received VC funding, positioning us to significantly grow the business, enabling technology scale up and the application of our technology to molecules of interest in collaboration with a number of production companies, all activities in which the applicant will play a key role.

We believe collaboration between companies, disciplines and individuals are the best ways to develop the biosurfactant industry and our company, and the applicant will have the opportunity to broaden their skill set by working with field leaders around the world, within a dynamic and friendly working environment. We offer a competitive pay package and benefits to attract incredible individuals to join our team and are currently based in Manchester, UK.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing process control and scaling Holiferm’s breakthrough integrated production and gravity separation technology process to pre-industrial pilot scale. Scale up design work will be required as well as sourcing suitable facilities and engineering firms for construction of equipment. The appointee will work closely with fermentation team and customers, both to collaborate on fermentation development for additional molecules and to scale up the technology.

Candidate requirements

We are seeking highly motivated innovators who want to challenge themselves and others and fit well with our company philosophy, and first and foremost, get things done! The individual should have;

• Expertise in scale up of fermentation and separation processes to industrial scale.
• Knowledge and experience of implementing process control systems.
• Expertise running bioreactors up to industrial scale.
• Experience and ability to coordinate a scale up project with a range of industrial and academic partners.
• Excellent communication skills, particularly for working with customers and fermentation team.
• Strong trouble shooting skills.
• Excellent time management and organisational skills.
• Excellent project and team management skills.
• Willingness to travel internationally for collaborative projects of up to 1.5 months at a time.

• Understanding of lipid/surfactant quantification and purification techniques.
• Specific knowledge of biosurfactants, in particular glycolipid biosurfactants.
• Strong language skills, particularly Mandarin and Japanese, and to a lesser extent Portuguese, French, Korean, Spanish and German.

To apply, please send a CV with covering letter to, or email for further information. Position intended to begin Q1-Q2 2020.