Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Research Associate. The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) has an exciting career opportunity available for an experienced researcher. This Research Associate in the Biological Sciences and Engineering Division at the Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) has a lead role in designing and conducting research in a Department of Energy Funded Project. The Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium comprises of 5 projects; the ABPDU is a primary lab in the Feedstock Variability project. In this project, the ABPDU collaborates with 4 other national labs (INL, NREL, LANL, and SNL) to study and explain corn stover variability. The ABPDU is tasked with performing X-ray diffraction and rheological characterization.
What You Will Do:
Research, design, conduct, document, analyze and report X-RD and rheological characterization of untreated and pretreated feedstocks.
Inform PI on latest developments, participate in weekly meetings, and support quarterly report writing.
Integrate results with those from literature and perform data analysis.
Provide data synthesis to prepare publications and presentations.
Recommend equipment purchase, conduct setup/commissioning, and develop maintenance programs.
Maintain detailed lab notebook, write/review SOPs/batch records and prepare reports as needed.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Incorporate into research planning statistical design of experiment approaches using JMP or similar software.
Work in collaboration with the fermentation and recovery groups.
Assist with general lab activities such as clean up, waste disposal, purchasing etc.
What is Required:
BS in Biotechnology, Bio-chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas with 0-2 years' experience in performing X-RD and rheological characterization studies.
Experience in handling untreated, pretreated, and hydrolyzed biomass feedstocks.
Knowledge of other analytical tools necessary to characterize biomass feedstocks.
Ability to write, to review, and to follow protocols to produce consistent reproducible results.
Ability to work in a larger team to assist scientists and guide research assistants with standard protocols.
Exemplary ethical conduct of integrity, honesty, and mutual respect, both intellectually and in interpersonal workplace interactions.
Strong computer, verbal and written communication skills with ability to write grant proposals and establish independent funding.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
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.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 7, 2018.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
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 Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) - 5885 Hollis St., 3rd floor, Emeryville, CA.
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