The successful candidate will perform semi-routine research assignments across multiple projects. These projects involve fermentation, recovery and purification of biofuels, and bio-based chemicals, proteins, enzymes, and materials and are typically funded collaborations with industry partners, National Labs, and academic institutions.
Essential to success is the command of a broad spectrum of biochemical, chemical engineering unit operations applicable to advanced biofuel, biochemical and protein production. This individual will perform research activities such as preparing timelines, executing tasks documented by SOPs/Batch records, collecting and processing data, and reporting pilot process results for bench and pilot-scale fermentation (2 L to 300 L) and recovery processes (filtration, centrifugation, etc.).
What You Will Do:
Review and follow safety protocols and systems devised at the ABPDU. Contribute to organizing the lab and sustaining a strong safety culture at the ABPDU.
Prepare batch records for fermentation and recovery projects at the shake flask, 2L, and 300L scale.
Perform process development related tasks at 2L scale, including preparing media, batching bioreactors, calibrating equipment, sampling through the process, and operating real time sampling and in-line and off-line analytical equipment such as Flownamics autosampler, YSI, Gallery, etc.
Perform tasks associated with fermentation process scale-up to 300L and operate continuous and semi-continuous centrifuges.
Work with multiple recovery unit operations including homogenization, liquid-liquid extraction, tangential flow filtration, preparative chromatography etc.
Spend more than 80% time being hands-on on the lab floor to operate and troubleshoot equipment and execute upon the various collaborative projects at the ABPDU.
Perform minimal data analysis and prepare presentations to report findings to collaborators and the larger ABPDU team.
Work in collaboration with biomass deconstruction and analytical chemistry teams at the ABPDU.
Be able to work as an individual contributor and as part of a larger team to assist Sr. Process Engineer and guide research assistants and student interns with standard protocols.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Assist with general lab activities such as clean up, waste disposal, purchasing, etc.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field preferred and up to 2 years of related experience.
Experience in handling, maintaining, and growing microorganisms during fermentation and recovery/analysis of their products.
Experience with analytical tools used for fermentation/recovery evaluation.
Strong computer and verbal and written communication skills.
Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas
Experience in industrial process development, pilot plant operations, bioengineering, biochemistry, and microbiology skills.
Strong data management for sample archiving and maintaining good laboratory experimental records.
This is a full time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: ABPDU- Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 3rd floor, Emeryville, CA
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