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.

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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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Die BluCon Biotech GmbH entwickelt eine führende Plattform-Technologie zur Produktion von L-Milchsäure aus Biomasse zu niedrigen Herstellkosten. Dadurch soll PLA zu einem kompetitiv interessanten Rohstoff im Einsatz der Bioplastik Industrie werden. Damit unterstützt die BluCon Biotech GmbH den Wechsel hin zu abbaubaren umweltfreundlichen Bioplastik Produkten.

Zur Unterstützung unseres Teams suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt

Technische Assistenten (m/w/d)

In Ihrer Position werden Sie im Rahmen eines einjährigen Trainee-Programms in unserer Forschungsabteilung an mikrobiologische Labortätigkeiten im Bereich der Fermentation und an analytische Aufgaben herangeführt. Hierzu gehört auch die Funktionsüberwachung und Pflege der verschiedenen aneroben Fermentersysteme sowie die Weiterentwicklung unserer extremophilen Mikroorganismen zur Optimierung der Milchsäureproduktion, desweiteren die Bestimmung von Enzymaktivtäten im Mikrotitermaßstab und die Funktionsüberwachung und Pflege unserer HPLC-Anlagen und Fotometer.

Ziel ist es, dass Sie nach der Traineezeit eigenverantwortlich die Planung, Durchführung und Dokumentation der Fermentation im 2 Liter Maßstab durchführen und die Quantifizierung von Fermentationsprodukten mittels HPLC und enzymatischen Methoden übernehmen können.

Sie besitzen eine abgeschlossene Ausbildung als TA (BTA/CTA), Laborant, Techniker, oder Bachelor und haben bereits mehrjährige Berufserfahrung in der Fermentation und der Prozessführung sammeln können. Kenntnisse in HPLC-Analysen sowie mikrobiologische Kultivierungen sind erwünscht.

Für die ausgeschriebenen Positionen zählen neben erster Berufserfahrung, die Bereitschaft und der Wille Neues zu lernen, ein ausgeprägtes interdisziplinäres Denken, hohe Motivation und Eigeninitiative sowie Teamfähigkeit zu wichtigen Voraussetzungen.

Neben einer attraktiven und leistungsgerechten Vergütung erwartet Sie bei uns eine interessante Tätigkeit in einem innovativen internationalen Arbeitsumfeld.

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BluCon Biotech GmbH
Dr. Andreas Lischka
Nattermannallee 1
50829 Köln
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In close association with your partner laboratory Depei Biotechnology Ltd. (Hangzhou City, China) you will guide the downstream process development. Our joint business objective is the development of the most cost effective production process for polymer grade lactic acid and the commercialization of this technology towards a rapidly growing PLA industry. You will oversee laboratory scale and scale up of the downstream and purification process into industrial scale. You will be part of an international team and oversee DSP development all in-house and with external partners.

Area of Responsibility:

  • Coordinate a team of dynamic individuals focusing on all downstream development aspects, internally and in collaboration with external partners
  • 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 to the Head R&D

Qualifications:

  • Education: PhD in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Bio-Engineering, Chemical Engineering, with several years of experience in the biotechnology industry
  • Languages: English, German
  • Experience:
    – Broad scientific and technical knowledge in biotechnology, bioengineering, chemistry,
    – strong background in downstream processing of fermentation broths, biomass separation technologies, small molecule product purification methods e.g. membrane technology, separation techniques, chromatography and evaporation,
    – good knowledge of relevant software tools,
    – awareness of safety regulations and safe handling of chemicals and equipment,
    – experience in production of lactic acid is of advantage,
    – good skills in presentation, scientific/technical writing.
  • 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). Please send to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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BluCon Biotech GmbH
Nattermannallee 1
50829 Cologne, Germany
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