Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division has an opening for an experienced Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA) to join the team at the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). The Sr. SEA will focus on developing technologies as well as managing projects related to conversion of biomass intermediates (i.e. sugars, lignins, organic acids, etc) to biofuels and bioproducts followed by recovery and purification activities.
Essential to success is the command of a broad spectrum of biochemical and chemical engineering unit operations applicable to advanced biofuel and biochemical production. This successful candidate will perform research activities including scheduling and project management, experimental design, execution of fermentation and recovery unit operations at bench and 300L-scale, execution of processes for bench and pilot-scale fermentation, execution of recovery and purification processes (filtration, centrifugation, distillation, etc.), and execution of associated analytical methods.
This position will manage and directly supervise the day-to-day research, training and scientific mentoring of one or several research associates and other technical staff. This Sr. SEA will act as a lead for certain ABPDU projects, support ABPDU business development and partnering objectives, and serve as a liaison to project partners. This Sr. SEA will also lead Agile BioFoundry related activities at the ABPDU.
What You Will Do:
Independently plan, lead and execute process development, piloting related projects and experiments in collaboration with industry, academic, and Federal R&D sponsors and partners.
Act as project lead for assigned projects including communications with clients/other laboratories, proposal preparation/review, resource planning, weekly meetings and reports as specified.
Manage fermentation and recovery projects and work closely with other teams in a support role.
Follow the safety guidelines of LBNL; participate in and contribute to continuous safety improvement. Be available for periodic shift and weekend on-call duty for facility emergencies.
Maintain detailed experiment records (notebook, batch records), collect data, analyze data and report findings in written and oral presentations.
Supervise, train and lead the workflow of junior technical staff.
Write manuscripts and participate in the authoring of grant proposals, patent applications, and internal/external presentations, and contribute significantly to the intellectual growth of the organization.
Direct the process of selection, improvement, and maintenance of equipment and laboratory facilities in the fermentation and recovery area.
Use statistical design of experiments and data analysis software where necessary.
Perform system suitability testing, statistical process control, root cause failure analysis, and other problem solving and prevention techniques.
Participate and occasionally lead group/team meetings including PowerPoint presentations applying good verbal and written communication skills.
Keep abreast of current scientific literature.
Present findings at meetings and conferences.
What is Required:
Knowledge equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas.
3-6 years' experience in bioprocess engineering, including extensive experience with process optimization and scale-up for fermentation and recovery of biofuels and bioproducts
Ability to apply various feeding strategies with an understanding of fermentation reaction mechanisms.
Experience in operation and troubleshooting of large scale fermentation reactors (100+ L) and multiple pilot-scale recovery unit operations, such as solid-liquid separation via continuous centrifugation, filtration etc.
Experience in developing protocols on high-throughput fermentation equipment (BioLector, Sartorius Ambr, etc.)
Experience with biomass deconstruction and analytical methods.
Strong analytical skills, with the ability to present data coherently, suitable for inclusion in peer-reviewed publications. Strong problem-solving capabilities with demonstrated ability in implementing novel methods and techniques within broadly defined objectives.
Experience in the supervision of technical staff and/or undergraduate/graduate students.
Strong written and oral communications skills, with the ability to effectively guide the research efforts of junior staff.
Ability to work efficiently and productively in a team environment independently.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on December 9, 2019.
This is a full time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay, career appointment.
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.
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