Profession biochemical engineer

Biochemical engineers research on the field of life science striving for new discoveries. They convert those findings into chemical solutions that can improve the wellbeing of society such as vaccines, tissue repair, crops improvement and green technologies advances such as cleaner fuels from natural resources.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Biological chemistry

    Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Genetics

    The study of heredity, genes and variations in living organisms. Genetic science seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring and the structure and behaviour of genes in living beings.

  • Good manufacturing practices

    Regulatory requirements and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) applied in the relevant manufacturing sector.

  • Analytical chemistry

    Instruments and methods used to separate, identify and quanitfy matter - the chemical components of natural and artificial materials and solutions.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Gel permeation chromatography

    Polymer analysis technique which separates the analytes on the basis of their weight.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Statistical process control

    Method of quality control that uses statistics to monitor processes.

  • Toxicology

    The negative effects of chemicals on living organisms, their dose and exposure.

  • Gas chromatography

    The principles of gas chromatography used to analyse and separate specific compounds which go to vaporisation without decomposition.

  • High-performance liquid chromatography

    Analytic chemistry technique used to identify and quantify the components of a mixture.


  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Document analysis results

    Document on paper or on electronic devices the process and the results of the samples analysis performed.

  • Run laboratory simulations

    Run simulations on prototypes, systems or newly developed chemical products using laboratory equipment.

  • Develop biochemical manufacturing training materials

    Develop, in collaboration with the relevant persons, training materials in the field of biochemical manufacturing.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Advise on nitrate pollution

    Nitrous oxide emission contributes to depletion of the ozone layer, which protects the earth from ultraviolet radiation. It is also the mineral fertiliser most applied to agricultural lands. Fertilisation has introduced high amounts of nitrogen into the viticultural ecosystem.

  • Use chromatography software

    Use the chromatography data system software which collects and analyses the chromatography detectors results.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Manage chemical testing procedures

    Manage the procedures to be used in chemical testing by designing them and conducting tests accordingly.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Examine engineering principles

    Analyse the principles that need to be considered for engineering designs and projects such as functionality, replicability, costs and other principles.

  • Test samples for pollutants

    Measure concentrations of pollutants within samples. Calculate air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes. Identify potential safety or health risks such as radiation.

  • Apply statistical analysis techniques

    Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Advise on manufacturing problems

    Advise the visited industrial plants on how to better oversee production to ensure that the manufacturing problems are correctly diagnosed and solved.

  • Apply liquid chromatography

    Apply the knowledge of polymer characterization and liquid chromatography in the development of new products.

Optional knowledge and skills

pharmaceutical drug development pharmaceutical chemistry packaging engineering design pharmaceutical manufacturing systems pharmaceutical industry perform toxicological studies packaging processes pharmaceutical manufacturing quality systems fermentation processes of food food materials develop biocatalytic processes food storage develop food production processes evaluate pharmaceutical manufacturing process processes of foods and beverages manufacturing food science develop pharmaceutical drugs