Scientific Engineering Associate

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Engineering
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BE-Biological Systems & Eng
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92275 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL), Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA) to join the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). 

 

 

The SEA will focus on developing technologies as well as managing projects related to biomass conversion and bioproduct recovery/upgrading activities. The successful candidate will perform research activities including scheduling and project management, experimental design, execution of chemical catalysis unit operations at bench and 100L-scale, execution of processes for bench and pilot-scale fermentation, execution of recovery and purification processes and execution of associated analytical methods. The SEA will act as a lab lead for certain ABPDU projects, support ABPDU business development and partnering objectives, and serve as a liaison to project partners.

 

 

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.
  • Integrate catalysis and recovery efforts and work closely with other teams on multiple projects.  Provide support and lead elements of project work in these areas as needed and appropriate.
  • 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.  
  • Participate in project development including communication with potential collaborators and develop the scope of work.
  • Participate in the authoring of technical reports, manuscripts, 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 catalysis and recovery area.
  • Perform system suitability testing, statistical process control, root cause failure analysis, and other problem solving and prevention techniques.

 

What is Required:

  • Knowledge equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas.
  • 2-5 years’ experience in bioprocess engineering.
  • Experience with catalysis and downstream processing unit operations, including pressure vessels, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, and solid-liquid separation.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to present data coherently, suitable for inclusion in peer-reviewed publications. Experience in developing and running analytical chemistry methods (HPLC, GC, etc.)
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities with demonstrated ability to present novel methods and techniques to solve problems within broadly defined objectives.
  • Ability to learn and implement unique experimentation techniques.
  • 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.
  • Extensive experience with process optimization and scale-up for biomass conversion and bioproduct recovery using various methods with an understanding of reaction and separation mechanisms.

 

For full consideration, please apply by April 1, 2021.

 

Notes:

  • This is a full time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • 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

 

Learn about us!

 

Biological Systems and Engineering Division

 

Vision: To lead efforts that combine the power of biology with the tools of engineering to develop sustainable energy and biomanufacturing solutions and improve human health.

Mission: Advance a mechanistic and predictive understanding of complex biological systems over multiple scales in terms of their responses to manipulation, stress, disease and environmental challenges and translate this knowledge using engineering principles to develop resilient systems, tools, and processes for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals, materials, tissues, and therapeutics.

 

 

Berkeley Lab

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Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

 

 

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