Bioprocess Development Engineer


Who are we?

AlProtein is a fast-growing biotech startup that crafts better, greener, and healthier alternative protein solutions from microalgae and plants. We utilize protein extraction technology and artificial intelligence to produce customized ingredients to plant-based meat and cheese manufacturers in Europe and MENA.

We are proud to offer a dynamic and fast-paced work environment between Germany and Egypt, where you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact with brightest talent from experienced scientists and engineers who are passionate about pushing the boundaries of protein science and technology. We are explorers, dreamers, and innovators, all different in our own ways but united by a singular desire to change the world for the better.

Role Summary

As part of AlProtein, the Bioprocess Engineer will be responsible for the design, testing, scaling and implementation of bioreactor processes including upstream cultivation and downstream process development for the protein purification. You will collaborate directly with engineering partners and consultants to develop conceptual process designs and to produce basic and detailed engineering deliverables for biomanufacturing facilities. Alongside this, you will contribute significantly to the development of techno-economic models and conduct trade-off analyzes crucial for pivotal design decisions.

Hiring Basis: Full-Time, On-Site

Deadline: April 30th, 2024 

What you will be doing?

As a Process development engineers you will be assigned to a wide range of responsibilities, which includes:

Experimental Scope

  • Develop conceptual design deliverables including Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Mass and Energy Balance (MEB), Equipment Sizing Calculations, Line Sizing Calculations, and Utility 
  • Summary according to good manufacturing practices (GMP).
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to develop Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) and other engineering deliverables.
  • Creating detailed plans for the manufacturing process and developing new methods to manufacture products more efficiently or with less waste, including suggesting alternative equipment and instrumentation.
  • Developing and implementing methods for testing new products or improving existing products by designing experiments that test product performance in different environments.
  • Monitoring production processes (at the commercial production stage) and Troubleshooting problems with existing products to identify causes of defects or failures.
  • Conducting experiments to test new materials or designs for products such as machinery or chemical compounds.
  • Supervising the manufacturing and installation of experimental results (at the pilot scale) as well as associated instrumentation and accessories.
  • Data collection, analysis, and reporting of experimental results (post bench scale).

Field Scope

  • Understand and create technical specifications documents and datasheets.
  • Develop capital cost estimates and techno-economic analyses.
  • Coordinate with equipment suppliers to specify process requirements for long lead items and packaged systems.
  • Perform trade-off analyses to support key design decisions during capital project development.
  • Perform quality reviews for design engineering documents and specifications.
  • Communicate with external engineering firms, contractors, consultants, equipment vendors, and clients.
  • Develop the SOPs and training manual for every new process.

Computational and Design Scope

  • Run process simulation for calculating material and energy balance of chemical and biomolecular processes.
  • Analyzing data to develop manufacturing processes that meet customers’ needs while minimizing costs of production.
  • Study of the dynamic behavior of the process (unsteady state behavior).
  • Calculation of stream data and validation of simulation results against actual piloting and demonstration results.
  • Develop standard operating procedure for the full operation at the demonstration and the commercial scales.
  • Develop (under supervision) the Definition of Technology Package

What we are looking for?

  • Bachelors/Masters degree in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Environmental Engineering, or similar
  • 3+ years of relevant process engineering experience
  • Prior experience in chemical manufacturing, or preferably biomanufacturing.
  • Prior experience in sterile and sanitary design
  • Experience preferred with Bluebeam Revu, SuperPro Designer, Aspen Plus, CAD, 3D-printing technologies, P&IDs, statistical software (e.g. JMP).
  • EPC/capital project design experience and/or techno-economic modeling experience is a plus.
  • Flexibility to take on wider work varieties to grow beyond the job responsibilities.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

What we offer?

  • An opportunity to work in one of the fastest-growing industries across exciting geography.
  • Attractive compensation packages, including Annual Performance Bonus opportunity.
  • Flexible hybrid-working hours
  • Regular team events (Fun-Days) and a creative working atmosphere
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development, working with experienced chemical, mechanical and environmental engineering professionals.

There is always a place to voice your opinion. In our meetings, there is always a room for every and each person to positively and impactfully critique. In other words, we are looking for a team player who is bold enough to voice his opinion and smart enough to realize the value he brings to the table