Internship - Chromatographic separation of sugarbeet pulp carbohydrates

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Are you a 3rd-4th year university or university of applied sciences (HBO) student chemical engineering with an interest in separation technology? And are you looking for a challenging internship or graduation assignment starting Q1 2020 for a duration of 12-20 weeks? Cosun R&D offers you an interesting assignment!
What are you going to do?
In your thesis / graduation assignment, you will support the development of a novel biorefinery process for sugar beet pulp to biobased products by studying a specific chromatographic separation.
Valorisation of its co-products is a major strategic aim for COSUN. Sugar beet pulp remains after extraction of sugar from sugar beets and is currently mainly used as cattle feed. COSUN is developing a biorefinery process to isolate various components from sugar beet pulp (see e.g. http://pulp2value.eu/) for various food and non-food applications. Thus, a higher added value is achieved for the sugar beet growers and residual streams from our factories are made available for the biobased economy.
Within this biorefinery process, various carbohydrates have to be separated from each other. In this internship, separation of specific carbohydrates using innovative chromatographic separation will be studied.
Who are you
You are a 3rd-4th university / university of applied sciences (HBO) student, with affinity for R&D for new chemical processes. You are studying chemical engineering or similar. You are available for an internship, for the duration of at least 12 weeks.  Furthermore we ask:
  • A pro-active, independent attitude and drive;
  • Affinity with experimental lab work.
  • Affinity with conceptual process design and techno-economic evaluation is a plus.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and/or Dutch
  • Knowledge of- and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

Where are you going to work?
Cosun R&D is the knowledge and expertise center of Cosun, situated in the Cosun Innovation Center in Dinteloord. Cosun R&D provides services to the Cosun business groups and their customers by sharing its know-how and experience in process technology, product development, analysis techniques and quality issues. With this knowledge, our colleagues at Cosun R&D help coordinate and initiate research and development Cosun wide. Additionally, Cosun R&D works together with the business groups to develop new and innovative applications of biomass. Our Cosun Innovation Center facilitates in  experimental set ups for process analyses, research laboratories, a pilot plant and our very own bakery, for testing new concepts. You can count on a challenging assignment and personal attention and guidance.

During your internship you will be located at our Cosun Innovation Center in Dinteloord (located between Breda and Rotterdam).

How to apply
Are you interested in this challenging assignment? Please apply by submitting your CV and motivation letter. Richard Bakx (HR officer) will take your application into consideration. For more information about this position, please contact Johan van den Bergh, Scientist Separation Technology, tel. 00-31-165-516018, e-mail: johan.van.den.bergh@cosun.com.