Mission and vision

Commercially viable biobased and biodegradable plastic!

BluCon Biotech GmbH was founded in June 2017 and has its research laboratories and offices at the BioCampus, Cologne. The company continues to develop a unique technology by which L-lactic acid can be produced at lowest possible production costs so that the bioplastic poly lactic acid (PLA) will become commercially competitive to fossil fuel based plastics.

Such technology development has been initiated and carried out by Direvo Industrial Biotech GmbH in Cologne. Patents and know how have been acquired from Direvo by Zheijiang Youcheng group, Hangzhou, China. Chinese startup company, Dehong Biotech Ltd. has been entrusted to drive the commercialization of BluCon technology. Dehong in turn has entrusted BluCon Biotech GmbH to carry out strain and process development towards commercial process. BluCon Biotech GmbH is also partnering with Dehong, Hangzhou, to build and operate a biotechnology laboratory in Hangzhou and implement BluCon technology there.

BluCon Biotech GmbH collaborates with Shanghai Tong Jie Liang Biomaterials Ltd. (TJL) for the production of PLA and thus is very well integrated downstream. TJL is also building a research and development laboratory in Hangzhou, Zheijiang, China.

Besides developing BluCon technology to commercial stage, BluCon Biotech GmbH serves as a platform to acquire further technologies in the field of applied biotechnology. With its core team, the company shows outstanding expertise in microbiology of extremophilic bacteria, in strain and process development and in project management. It is very well connected both in Germany and internationally.

Team

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Careers

Open Positions

In close association with your partner laboratory at BluCon Biotech GmbH in Cologne you will lead the laboratory of Depei Biotechnology Ltd. in Hangzhou, with about 20 people. Our joint business objective is the development of the most cost effective upstream and downstream processes for the production of polymer grade lactic acid and the commercialization of this technology. You will oversee laboratory scale and scale up of the fermentation process, development of a robust purification process and establish analytical technologies, all in-house and with external partners.

Area of Responsibility

  • You lead and develop a highly motivated team of PhDs, engineers and lab technicians, in close cooperation and coordination with BluCon Biotech.
  • You report to the Chairman of Depei.
  • You ensure state of the art development of robust fermentation and purification processes for lactic acid production.
  • You ensure state of the art implementation of analytical technologies.
  • You continuously assess novel competing technologies in China and internationally.
  • You strive to reduce development timelines, increase productivity and reduce production costs.
  • You document and present results internally and externally.
  • You ensure that collaboration with external partners is carried out in compliance with all internal, national and international procedures, guidelines and regulations.
  • Safety and environment responsibility

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, biochemical engineering, biotechnology or equivalent
  • 5 years of industry experience in development of fermentation and downstream processes.
  • Self-driven, hard worker, innovative, seeking ongoing improvements
  • Team oriented, experienced in international team collaboration
  • High competence in personnel management, strong leader
  • Experience in the field of lactic acid production or equivalent.
  • Willingness to live in Hangzhou, China, and to travel internationally.
  • Excellent English, spoken and written. Fluent German and/or Chinese are appreciated.
  • Excellent knowledge in Microsoft Office.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application (1-page cover letter explaining the reasons of interest to join our team, curriculum vitae summarizing technical skills, personal goals and extra-scientific passions, certificates concerning your education and your salary expectation). Salary level approx. 100.000 €, plus housing and other benefits.

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In close association with your partner laboratory Depei Biotechnology Ltd. (Gongsu District, Hangzhou City, China) you will lead the development of Downstream Process. Our joint business objective is the development of the most cost effective upstream and downstream processes for the production of polymer grade lactic acid and the commercialization of this technology. You will oversee laboratory scale and scale up of the downstream process into industrial scale. You be part of international team and oversee DSP development all in-house and with external partners.

Area of Responsibility

  • Lead and coordinate a lab team of dynamic individuals focusing on all downstream development aspects from separation, filtration, ion exchange chromatography and evaporation
  • Establish and advance downstream equipment for purification of lactic acid out of fermentation broth to polymer grade status
  • Plan and organize downstream development programs at various scales (lab scale, pilot scale and production scale)
  • You strive to reduce development timelines, increase productivity and reduce production costs.
  • You document and present results internally and externally.
  • You ensure that collaboration with external partners is carried out in compliance with all internal, national and international procedures, guidelines and regulations
  • you report regularly to the Project Manager

Qualifications

  • Education: PhD in Biotechnology, Bio-Engineering, Chemical Engineering preferably with 1-2 years of related post-doctoral or industrial experience or Master with at least 2-4 years of superior work related experiences
  • Languages: English and German
  • Experience:
    – strong background in purification methods e.g. membrane technology, separation techniques, chromatography and evaporation
    – Broad scientific and technical knowledge in chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering
    – good knowledge of relevant software tools and Microsoft Office,
    – awareness of safety regulations and safe handling of chemicals and equipment,
    – good skills in presentation and scientific/technical writing.
    – Experience with production of lactic acid is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application (1-page cover letter explaining the reasons of interest to join our team, curriculum vitae summarizing technical skills, personal goals and extra-scientific passions, certificates concerning your education).

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Your Tasks:

  • Guide the project team at our laboratory in Cologne to commercialize a unique lactic acid production process
  • Close coordination with our partner laboratory in Hangzhou/China
  • Guide cooperation with external development partners

Your Profile:

  • Academic degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biotechnology
  • 5-10 years team management experience with focus on Biotechnology in the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industry
  • Charisma, business minded and focused, deep market knowledge
  • Fluent command in German and English, Chinese is a plus
  • Ready to international travel (esp. China); good multicultural and communication skills

We look forward to hear from you:
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Contact

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BluCon Biotech GmbH
Nattermannallee 1
50829 Cologne, Germany
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