Senior Engineer

At Geltor we design award-winning ingredients for the world's biggest consumer product companies. Geltor is looking for a SENIOR ENGINEER to join our Downstream Processing Development group in San Leandro, CA.

We are seeking an experienced downstream Process Engineer to successfully scale processes from the bench through pilot plant and into CMOs.

Key Responsibilities: 

- Lead process development for DSP operations such as centrifugation, membrane filtration, depth filtration, adsorption, evaporation, liquid formulation and drying

- Lead process development DSP operations projects of varying complexity

- Design, plan, execute and analyze scalable process experiments in laboratory and pilot plant

- Provide input and analysis to process design, establish scale-up/scale-down parameters using engineering fundamentals (mixing, mass transfer, heat transfer, modeling, etc.) and cooperatively work with the teams to develop and optimize process control strategies for fermentation and DSP. 

- Collaboration with process associates, fermentation, DSP, and formulation engineers

- Lead drafting of SOPs for equipment operation, process steps, sanitization SOP and Preventive Maintenance plans as well as Conduct training of process team. 

- Lead development of technology transfer package to internal and external CMO/CRO facilities

- Work closely with CMO partners to execute process successfully and reproducibly, while ensuring the process meets Quality specs, customer timelines and is accompanied by training of personnel. 

- Support process technology transfer to guarantee accuracy, conformity and competitiveness of the process and techniques utilized. 

- Preparation and presentation of technical reports, data summaries, protocols and other technical and regulatory documentation, as needed.

- Mentor and provide technical guidance for junior engineers and process associates.


- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering preferred) or Life Sciences with 7+ years experience or Master’s degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering preferred) or Life Sciences with 5+ years' experience

- Strong experience with spray drying R&D and process scaleup

- Prior food GMP experience in a food biotech a plus.

- Prior experience with production scale biotech process equipment a plus.

- Prior experience with automation engineering is a plus. 

- Good at trouble shooting and problem solving. 

- Domestic and international travel at various times during projects. Travel is intermittent and varies by stage of project.  

- Strong organizational skills with the ability to effectively prioritize and complete high quality projects amidst tight timelines and competing deadlines; exceptional attention to detail

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to discuss complex technical concepts with a variety of audiences

- A positive, open, and intellectually curious team player who embraces the challenges and excitement of an entrepreneurial business

- Willingness to travel up to 10% -20%

- Enthusiasm for and commitment to Geltor’s mission

Sounds interesting?