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Polymer Process Engineering position

ABG-86887 Job Junior
2019-07-25 Fixed-term 36 Month Salaire à négocier
Groupe BEL
Sophia Antipolis - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - France
Engineering sciences
  • Process engineering
  • Materials science
Research and Development


Founded in 1865, BEL is a family group with an ambitious and sustainable growth strategy. BEL is a major player in the healthy fruit and dairy single-serving portion snacking. Its international development draws on a portfolio of positive brands; Materne®, Pom’Potes®, GoGo squeeZ®, and Mont Blanc®, The Laughing Cow®, Mini Babybel, Kiri®, Leerdammer®, Boursin® - and more than 25 local brands. They attract consumers in more than 130 countries.

Guided by its corporate mission, BEL wants to promote healthier, responsible and accessible food for all consumers worldwide, in more places, for more moments by offering them a range of healthy snacks and meal solutions that enable everyone to enjoy the dairy and fruit products goodness.

Position and assignments

Acting for the Research Department of the group, based in Vendôme (Loire valley - France), and thanks to the skills and expertise brought by education and professional experience, you will contribute to an innovative collaborative research project in the field of material processing and food conditioning. The work will be done mainly in Sophia Antipolis (Provence Alpes Côte D’Azur region - France) near Nice.

More specifically, you will focus on:

- processing composite polymeric material (with mineral fillers) in order to allow this material to be processed through a specific food product conditioning machine (extrusion; cast film processing)

- characterizing this material in order to define its thermo-mechanical properties;

- preparing/formulating variants of this material in order to optimize its thermo-mechanical properties, and by using as much as possible low footprint raw materials;

- establishing scaling-up laws in order to allow scaling up from laboratory to pilot scale.

You will work in close interaction with an external partner for the processing part and possibly also with the other fields of expertise of the applied research department of the Group.

Contract: Fixed-term contract (36 months)

Expecting date: October 2019

Location: the position is based in Sophia Antipolis (PACA – Provence Alpes Côte D’Azur) near Nice.

Geographic mobility:



Among the wished scientific skills, one should mention knowledge in polymer science (composite or not), polymer engineering (cast film extrusion), viscoelasticity, rheology, polymer formulation.

Experience(s) in biobased polymer engineering, food packaging and more specifically thermoforming would be an advantage. The candidate should accept to travel for short time missions in France and some few EU countries (2-4 times a year). USA may also be a possible destination (1-2 times through the 3 years of the project).

Apart from the scientific abilities described above the candidate should be curious, innovative, adaptive, practical (ability to conduct careful experiments), skilled with computer/data processing and show good communication skills. The candidate should appreciate to connect and work with various Research teams as well as industrial teams in France for technology transfer.

PhD in polymer science, polymer or process engineering would be appreciated.

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