The Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU), part of the Biological Systems and Engineering Division at Berkeley Lab, is seeking a Fermentation/Recovery Research Associate to assist in conducting research across multiple projects. These projects involve fermentation, recovery and purification of biofuels, and bio-based chemicals, proteins, enzymes and materials and are typically funded collaborations with industry partners, National Labs, and academic institutions.
Essential to success is to have basic understanding of biochemical / chemical engineering unit operations applicable to advanced biofuel / biochemical / protein production. This individual will assist and execute tasks documented by SOPs/Batch records and analyze/report pilot process results for bench and pilot-scale fermentation (2 L to 300 L) and recovery processes (filtration, centrifugation, etc.) under the supervision of senior personnel. This individual will report to Sr. Process Engineer and work under EH&S regulation.
What You Will Do:
Work as an individual contributor and as part of a larger team to assist Sr. Process Engineers with standard protocols
Perform basic process development activities including hands-on equipment operation and troubleshooting of process scale-up on the lab floor
Utilize different techniques to assess on-line and real-time fermentation and recovery performance
Write, review, and follow protocols to produce consistent reproducible results
Maintain accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all experiments performed (electronically) ensuring that others could duplicate results
Collect and analyze data and reporting findings in written and oral presentations for staff and clients
Assist with general lab activities such as clean up, waste disposal, purchasing, etc.
Participate in group meetings and be able to present the data generated for specific project
Work in collaboration with different teams including deconstruction, analytical, and facilities teams at the ABPDU
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas with 0-3 years' experience in fermentation/recovery at pilot scale or commercial facilities preferred
Previous hands-on experience in handling, maintaining, and growing microorganisms and recovery/analysis of their products
Previous experience in industrial process development, pilot plant operations, bioengineering, biochemistry and microbiology preferred
Previous experience with analytical tools used for fermentation/recovery evaluation preferred
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Exhibit exemplary ethical conduct of integrity, honesty, and mutual respect, both intellectually and in interpersonal workplace interactions
Strong computer and verbal and written communication skills
Exhibit willingness to work cross-functionally and collaboratively, and learn new techniques associated with other functions of the ABPDU (e.g. deconstruction, analysis, and recovery)
Strong data management for sample archiving and maintaining good laboratory experimental records
Ability to frequently lift 25 pounds and manipulate up to 50 pounds on occasion
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
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 Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.
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