Fermentation Postdoctoral Scholar

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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BE-Biological Systems & Eng
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88598 Requisition #

The Fermentation Postdoctoral Scholar will work in the Biological Systems and Engineering division at the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU). This position will support several projects related to integrated production and recovery of advanced biofuels and bioproducts, including biomass pretreatment, fermentation, and advanced recovery/purification unit operations. 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 position will perform research activities including experimental design, development and execution of processes for bench and pilot-scale fermentation (2 L to 300 L), development and execution of advanced recovery and purification processes (filtration, centrifugation, distillation, etc.), and execution of associated analytical methods.

 

What You Will Do:

  • Plan and execute fermentation campaigns at 250 mL and 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 HPLC, Flownamics autosampler, YSI, Gallery, Sartorius Ambr automation systems, etc.

  • Plan and execute experiments for optimization of biomass-to-biofuels processing, including hypothesis generation, experimental design, troubleshooting, and interpretation of key results

  • Execute fermentations and complete mass balances for fermentations involving gaseous and volatile feedstocks and products, including methane, CO2, hydrogen, and volatile hydrocarbons

  • Document performance of advanced recovery and purification unit operations including solvent stripping, fractional condensation, distillation and adsorptive recovery

  • Execute associated analytical chemistry, including GC, HPLC, offgas MS, and photometric analyses

  • Assist the ABPDU team with large scale (300L) fermentation and recovery projects as needed

  •  Incorporate statistical design of experiment approaches using JMP or similar software, as well as analysis of large data sets using MATLB, R, or similar software

  • Perform data analysis and prepare presentations to report findings to collaborators and the larger ABPDU team

  • Prepare and submit manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

  • Maintain exemplary ethical conduct of integrity, honesty, and mutual respect, both intellectually and in interpersonal workplace interactions

  • Contribute to laboratory organization and maintenance of a strong safety culture at the ABPDU

  • Implement techniques to assess on-line and real-time fermentation and recovery performance

  • Assist with preparation and submission of publications and research grants



Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Assist with general lab activities such as clean up, waste disposal, purchasing, etc.


What is Required: 

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field

  • Significant experience in fermentation process development, including experience with biomass deconstruction, bioreactor operation and troubleshooting, and both aerobic and anaerobic host organisms

  • Experience in handling, maintaining, growing, and characterizing microorganisms during fermentation and recovery/analysis of their products

  • Familiarity with downstream processing unit operations, including distillation, adsorption, liquid-liquid extraction, membrane separations, and solid-liquid separation

  • Experience with analytical techniques required for biomanufacturing research and development, including offgas analysis, photometric analysis, GC, and HPLC

  • Exhibit willingness to work cross-functionally and collaboratively, and learn new techniques associated with other functions of the ABPDU

  • Strong data management for sample archiving and maintenance of good laboratory experimental records

 


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes: 

  • This is a full time 1-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • 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 Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 3rd floor, Emeryville, CA.


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