Senior Fermentation Engineer

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Engineering
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BE-Biological Systems & Eng
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92364 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division has an opening for a Senior Fermentation Engineer to join the team.

 

In this exciting role, you will work in the BSE Division as part of the Fermentation and Recovery team at the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). You will support several projects related to integrated production and recovery of advanced biofuels and bioproducts, including biomass pretreatment, fermentation, and 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. You will perform research activities including scheduling and project management, experimental design, execution of deconstruction unit operations at bench and 100L-scale, execution of processes for bench and pilot-scale fermentation (2 L to 300 L), execution of recovery and purification processes (filtration, centrifugation, distillation, etc.), and execution of associated analytical methods.

 

 

What You Will Do:

  • Independently plan and execute fermentations at 250mL 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 including HPLC, Sartorius Ambr, offgas MS, etc.
  • Independently plan and execute experiments for optimization of biomass-to-biofuels processing, including hypothesis generation, experimental design, troubleshooting, and interpretation of key results.
  • Execute biomass deconstruction and fermentation process optimization campaigns at bench and pilot scale.
  • Execute multiple recovery unit operations including centrifugation, liquid-liquid extraction, distillation, condensation, and solvent extraction.
  • Execute associated analytical chemistry, including GC, HPLC, offgas MS, and photometric analysis.
  • 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.
  • Serve as a work lead or supervisor for interns and junior research staff.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to a strong culture of support for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL).
  • Incorporate statistical design of experiment approaches using JMP or similar software.
  • Implement techniques to assess on-line and real-time fermentation and recovery performance.
  • Assist with preparation and submission of research grants.

 

 

What is Required:

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related area with 3-5 years experience in bioprocess engineering, including experience with both biomass deconstruction and fermentation with both aerobic and anaerobic host organisms, preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience in handling, maintaining, and growing microorganisms during fermentation and recovery/analysis of their products.
  • Experience with downstream processing unit operations, including distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, and solid-liquid separation.
  • Experience with bioconversions involving gaseous feedstocks or products.
  • Knowledge of 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 skills for sample archiving and maintenance of good laboratory experimental records.

 

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related area.

 

 

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 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, 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

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

 

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

 

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.

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

 

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