Lead Chemical Engineer Antwerp

About the company

Are you passionate about driving positive change in the world of sustainable materials and innovation? This scale-up company is a dynamic and forward-thinking company dedicated to revolutionizing the textile industry. They are on a mission to redefine the future of fashion and manufacturing by creating eco-friendly alternatives to traditional materials.

As a part of this team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with brilliant minds, explore cutting-edge technologies, and contribute to a more sustainable future. They believe that innovation and sustainability go hand in hand, and they are looking for talented individuals who share this vision and can help them to make a difference.

If you’re excited about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in sustainable materials and want to be a part of a team that’s at the forefront of change, a role at this start-up may be for you.


About the job

We are looking for a Lead Chemical Engineer in the industrialization team. They will effectively translate the outcomes of catalytic chemistry research from the R&D team into plant manufacturing specifications and requirements at all relevant phases.

Key responsibilities:

  • Play a leading role in the scale-up of the new technology from the R&D lab to the kilo-lab , pilot and the plant scales including batch and continuous processes.
  • Manage a team of chemists / chemical engineers and the laboratory itself, including maintenance of chemicals and equipment supply, troubleshooting instruments.
  • Implement and follow safety procedures in the kilo-lab and support the chemical process safety studies (flammability, exothermicity…).
  • Coordinate with the R&D team to ensure alignment on technical needs and project execution for scaling up.
  • Use substantial knowledge on reactors design to overcome the challenges of scaling-up a chemical process.
  • Perform the required studies for the kilo-lab and pilot plant designs and sizing, as well as evaluating PFDs / P&IDs.
  • Carry out engineering-driven financial analysis and cost-benefit calculations.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge, remaining updated on the advantages and disadvantages of a broad range of process apparatus (reactors, distillation, gas separation, mixers…).


Desired profile

  • MSc or PhD in a technical field: chemical engineering, chemistry or equivalent
  • A least 5 years experience and knowledge in an industrial environment / engineering company / chemical laboratory
  • Ability to learn new topics with minimal guidance
  • Highly motivated and a team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Expertise in troubleshooting and process simulation are a plus
  • Fluency in English is required; French and Dutch are a plus


Compensation and perks

  • Competitive compensation
  • Employee benefits (health insurance, public transport allowance)
  • Key role in a dynamic start-up environment

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