Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
GLBRC BAF Lab Manager
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison with Michigan State University as a principle partner. We are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops, grown on marginal lands. Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable. GLBRC has been a leader in sustainable biofuel research and leverages its success on an outstanding combination of expertise and resources available across its member institutions.
GLBRC hosts a set of enabling technology programs that include the information services and core facilities activities that facilitate innovative discoveries and creative solutions tailored to suit the Center’s needs. The Core Facilities provides GLBRC researchers access to state-of-the-art technologies, instrumentation, modern research facilities, field sites, and a cutting-edge array of analytical capabilities. The GLBRC Biomass Analytics Facility (BAF) is one of the Center’s core facilities that offers several services ranging from high-throughput digestibility screening to detailed cell wall composition analysis of all biomass generated by the Center. The BAF high-throughput assays include the use of fully-automated robotic systems for weighing and liquid handling to measure cell wall digestibility, starch, and free glucose and sucrose content. The BAF low- to medium-throughput services are more detailed composition assays focusing on specific biomass components such as hemicelluloses, crystalline cellulose, and lignin and rely mostly on GC/MS and HPLC instrumentation.
The GLBRC BAF Lab Manager at MSU oversees the daily operations of the BAF, corresponds with users (e.g., provides recommendations on appropriate analysis for any given sample, discusses project expectations and needs, communicates facility services, throughput capabilities, turnaround times, and project status to users), generates and manages data and reports via the Center’s laboratory information management system, optimizes and develops standard and analytical protocols, supervises and trains staff, monitors budget, oversees instrument maintenance (e.g., GC-MS, HPLC), and identifies gaps and explores opportunities to support the biomass characterization needs of the Center.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Plant Biology, or related field; one to three years of progressive lab management and supervisory experience; one to three years of experience operating, maintaining and troubleshooting analytical instrumentation (e.g., GC-MS/Mass Spectroscopy, HPLC) and experience using relevant analytical software, interpreting data, and generating reports from the instrumentation; experience developing and generating protocols, reports, and other required documentation for data management (e.g., laboratory information management system); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred/Desired Education and Experience
Undergraduate studies in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Plant Science or related field
In-depth knowledge of traditional wet chemistry (e.g., standard NREL-LAP, Alditol Acetate, Acid Hydrolysis, Acetyl Bromide Soluble Lignin, Thioacidolysis) and advanced/high-throughput biomass characterization methods (e.g., Near-infrared Spectroscopy, High-Performance Anion-Exchange Chromatography with Pulsed Amperometric Detection, Pyrolysis Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry)
In-depth knowledge of chemical pretreatment of plant biomass for increased enzymatic hydrolysis
In-depth knowledge of cell wall and biomass composition
Ability to work and adapt to a research environment where analytical research, method development, and quality control intersect
Ability to develop techniques to improve efficiency
Exhibit a high level of self-motivation, possess good interpersonal skills, and can independently handle a diverse workload of projects with unique client requirements and timelines
Able to navigate ambiguity and changing priorities
Excellent management and communication skills expected (communicating experimental results to clients clearly and concisely)
Excellent organization skills, including defining priorities for yourself and your teams expected
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Names and contact information for at least 3 References
Due to the nature of this position, the GLBRC is not able to sponsor a work visa for any applicants.
Description of End Date
This is an off-dated position funded from date of hire through November 30, 2022, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.
Bidding eligibility ends on 4/27/2021, at 11:55 PM
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