We are looking for a creative and driven chemical process engineer to strengthen the sustainable chemistry department in VITO for the development, upscaling and piloting of sustainable chemical processes.

Within the sustainable chemistry department we develop innovative separation and conversion technologies that tackle the industrial and societal challenges of process optimization/intensification and a shift towards alternative resources (biobased chemical building blocks). VITO derisks the industrial uptake of these processes by demonstrating them at lab and pilot scale.

In the position of chemical process engineer you translate the innovative and sustainable chemical processes into lab and piloting equipment.

Do you want to contribute to this? Read ahead.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for translation of chemical processes into hardware for lab scale equipment and for upscaling these processes to pilot scale.
  • You participate in the design of a process unit, including establishing process design basis, trade-off of process options and optimization of selected design.
  • You direct activities to ensure that construction, installation and operational testing are conform to functional specifications, recognized codes and standards, legislation (ATEX, PED, …) and customer requirements. You ensure all documentation is prepared, checked, reviewed and approved adequately.
  • You maintain effective communication with the project team (internal colleagues, subcontractors, partners) and stakeholders/customers.
  • You specify process flow sheets and you model processes and units operations. You develop  process flow diagrams to define heat and material balance and you perform simulations with tools like ASPEN.
  • You prepare specifications for processing equipment, e.g. pressure vessels, pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, …
  • You prepare operating instructions for the installations.
  • You participate in planning, cost development, management and scheduling for assigned projects.
  • You design small lab scale test installations, select suppliers of the components, supervise the construction and write the acceptance test and operational procedures.
  • You carry out reviews of vendor’s bids and documentation for technical acceptability.
  • You provide technical assistance to other design groups as necessary.

  • You have a Master degree in Chemical Engineering with a good engineering judgement and intuition or a Master degree in Electromechanical Engineering with experience in the chemical industry.
  • You have experience in chemical process design and chemical reactor design including working with organic solvents.
  • You preferably already have some relevant experience e.g. in the process department of a consultancy organization or technical services department of a chemical plant.
  • You are well versed with P&ID preparation, have good knowledge of unit operations (like distillation, filtration, heat transfer etc.), technical specifications (pumps, tank/pressure vessels, valves) and equipment datasheet preparation.
  • Familiarity with HAZOP studies is an asset.
  • You preferably are able to work with simulation tools like ASPEN or you can master this quickly.
  • You have excellent spoken and written communication skills. English is a must, Dutch is an asset.
  • You are a hands-on team player and you know how to share your enthusiasm with your colleagues.
  • A competitive salary completed with a range of fringe benefits (allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level




R&D & Engineering