Internship Flocculation

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Are you a third or fourth year student (BSc) of Chemistry/Chemical engineering? And are you looking for a challenging internship/graduation assignment starting beginning September of 2022 for a duration of 20 weeks? Cosun R&D offers you an interesting assignment!

The plant proteins contribute to the transition in the Cosun portfolio to ‘green’ (climate-friendly) and health-promoting alternatives. The objective of Green protein project is extraction and purification of functional RuBiSco protein at industrial scale. One part of that process includes coagulation and flocculation processes.
What are you going to do?
In your (graduation) assignment you will conduct a literature study regarding flocculation and coagulation. You will explore flocculation agents for two use cases (i.e., Green Protein and Betafib projects). You will perform lab scale experiments in order to examine and optimize the influence of various process parameters (e.g. pH, temperature, flocculant concentration, residence time, ionic strength, etc.) on output variables (PSD, zeta potential, product yields, etc.). The ultimate goal of your (graduation) assignment is to broaden the knowledge within Cosun regarding coagulation and flocculation processes which could be directly translated to process improvements.
Who are you?
You are a third or fourth year student (BSc, with affinity for lab work and proven experience with the design of experiments. You are studying Chemistry/Chemical engineering or similar. You are available for an internship of about 20 weeks that can start in September 2022.
  • A pro-active, independent attitude and drive;
  • Flexible, creative problem solver with eye for details
  • 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 a wide ranges of (R&D) competences. With this knowledge, our colleagues at Cosun R&D help to coordinate and initiate research and development Cosun wide. Additionally, Cosun R&D works together with the businessgroups 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.

What can you expect?
  • An inspiring working environment where you can use the facilities offered by the Cosun Innovation center during your internship;
  • A working environment where you meet colleagues with different knowledge competencies;
  • Possibility to use the online e-learning platform GoodHabitz, for your personal development;
  • An internship allowance;
  • And of course an instructive internship where you actively contribute to the (R&D) development of Cosun.
During your internship you will be located at our Cosun innovation center in Dinterloord (located between Breda and Rotterdam)
How to apply
Are you interested in this challenging assignment? Please apply directly via the applicationbutton and submit your CV and motivation letter. For more information about this position, please contact Vladan Krzelj, Scientist Process Development, +31653812035.