Berkeley Lab has an opening for a Senior Research Associate. As a member of the LBNL's Biological Systems & Engineering Division and the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU), the Sr. Research Associate will fulfill a key position executing projects and related experiments such as collecting, analyzing and reporting data obtained from laboratory and pilot scale biomass deconstruction, fermentation and product recovery/characterization. The Sr. Research Associate will help to prepare timelines, execute tasks documented by standard operating procedures (SOPs) and batch records, and collect/report data by working under general instructions and supervision of senior personnel.
What You Will Do:
Review and follow safety protocols and systems devised at the ABPDU. Contribute in organizing the lab and sustaining a strong safety culture at the ABPDU.
Execute experiments and activities under the supervision of senior personnel as described in written documentation for bio-based process development and related product recovery/characterization activities including operation of centrifugation, filtration, thermochemical reactor, bioreactor, sampling and sample preparation for analysis such as liquid chromatography or gas chromatography.
Collect and analyze data reporting findings in written and oral presentations for staff and clients.
Maintain accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all experiments performed (electronically) ensuring that others could duplicate results.
Perform routine cleaning and maintenance of equipment and laboratory facilities.
Order supplies, and coordinate with service providers for repairs and preventive maintenance.
Work in collaboration with different teams in the facility.
Participate in group meetings and able to present the data generated for specific project.
Assist with training and managing the workflow of other technical staff.
Take on mentoring duties as assigned and be flexible with early or late shift.
What is Required:
Experience in operating laboratory, bench, or pilot scale downstream recovery units such as continuous centrifugation, filtration, evaporation/distillation is desirable.
Experience in operating laboratory, bench, or pilot scale chemical reactor operated at high temperature/pressure and bioreactor is desirable.
Knowledge of bioproduct analysis such as liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and protein analysis is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments under general instruction, maintain appropriate records, and manage data.
Good computer skills.
Exemplary ethical conduct of integrity, honesty, and mutual respect, both intellectually and in interpersonal workplace interactions.
Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to present data and findings.
Exhibit willingness to work cross-functionally and collaboratively, and learn new techniques associated with other functions of the ABPDU (deconstruction, fermentation, etc.).
Ability to frequently lift 50 pounds.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Bachelors in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas preferred and two to five years' experience in bioprocess development with increasing responsibility or an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
Experience with modeling software including Superpro, Aspen, and related programs.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
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 atAdvanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU), — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 3rd floor, Emeryville, CA.
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