Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems and Engineering Division has an opening for a Scientific Engineering Associate – Bioprocess Analytical Chemist. This Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA) will be in the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) located in Emeryville CA. Under general instructions, the SEA will plan and execute projects primarily in analytical and catalysis laboratories. Lead projects that are designed in collaboration with academia/industry process development in an effort to step closer towards commercialization. The SEA will mentor and provide training to ensure that her/his team members are contributing towards the maintenance of equipment, utilities, and overall facility and are EH&S-compliant.
What You Will Do:
Under general instructions, execute multiple analytical related projects simultaneously, communicate with project leads and ensure high-quality data are collected in a timely manner.
Develop and optimize analytical methods to meet the analytical requirement across the different project teams. Methods include but are not limited to HPLC, GC, HPAEC, rheometer, bomb calorimeter, SDS-PAGE, and 96-well plate based assays.
Familiar with lignocellulosic biomass characterization and lignin depolymerization
Serve as equipment owner and be responsible for maintenance of certain equipment and work with facility team to make sure the service is performed on a timely manner.
Serve as primary point of contact for clients. Establish expectations in a clear and precise manner ahead of project execution.
Participate in projects including bioproduct purification/recovery, catalysis and fermentation.
Apply root cause analysis, failure analysis, and other problem solving and prevention techniques.
Support proposal writing to obtain funds from industry, academia, and Federal programs at the ABPDU.
Contribute to publication in peer-reviewed journals and represent ABPDU at renowned international conferences.
Provide thorough and up-to-date training to technical staff to maintain and troubleshoot intricate equipment.
What is Required:
Knowledge equivalent to Bachelors Degree in functional specialty closely aligned with relevant program and extensive related professional technical experience preferred. Relevant technical certification preferred. Bachelor's Degree in analytical, biochemistry or organic chemistry preferred.
Experience with lab management and equipment and facility maintenance and safety compliance.
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of analytical techniques including HPLC, GC, HPAEC, SDS-PAGE, energy density, rheology, etc.
Ability to troubleshoot, especially for HPLC and GC-FID.
Knowledge of recovery unit operations including centrifugation, filtration, solvent extraction, column chromatograph, etc.
Demonstrated ability to lead projects under general instruction, maintain appropriate records, and manage data.
Demonstrated ability in generating innovative ideas and initiative to lead R&D projects with guidance from supervisors and collaborators.
Strong customer service orientation and good problem-solving skills.
Strong computer, verbal, and written communication skills.
Exemplary ethical conduct of integrity, honesty, and mutual respect, both intellectually and in interpersonal workplace interactions.
Exhibit willingness to work cross-functionally and collaboratively, and learn new techniques associated with other functions of the ABPDU.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Master's degree or above in analytical, biochemistry or organic chemistry
Relevant experience in cellulosic biomass conversion and characterization
Relevant training in using R, JMP or other software
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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 and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 3ird floor, Emeryville, CA
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