Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Job Overview The Techno-economic Analyst is an engineer primarily responsible for developing, maintaining, and using techno-economic analysis (TEA) and other process economic modeling to support a wide array of bio-manufacturing programs. They will establish a sound framework for application of TEA across BioMADE efforts, including conducting independent analysis for special projects, or working with member organizations (companies, universities, other research organizations) requiring assistance in developing or executing TEA. They will work to support or review multi-institution project teams developing innovative solutions to advance biomanufacturing technologies. They will assist Program Managers to develop or review Project Calls and Proposals by ensuring relevant, sound economic decision-making tools are employed to support innovation across Manufacturing Readiness Levels 4-7 (late lab scale to pilot, pre-commercial scale). The outcomes of these analyses will be communicated to cross-functional teams in written and oral formats.
Job Duties 80% Primary responsibilities Critically review process data Catalyze debate on merits of alternative solutions Establish and maintain suitable templates for BioMADE process economic analysis Develop or review flowsheets (BFD and PFD) and ensure alignment to appropriate development/risk stage Employ relevant process modeling and simulation tools aligned to project requirements Build or review TEA simulations, including appropriate statistical tools for evaluating sensitives Ensure process development activities across the Institute generate quality data to support techno-economic and relevant environmental footprint analyses Establishing pricing data for raw materials, product(s), consumables and energy required for reliable models
20% Additional responsibilities Engage with engineering or design teams to evaluate process equipment Develop framework to expand understanding and use of TEA analyses and software tools with members of the BioMADE ecosystem Direct or engage in experimental work to obtain data required for modeling or simulations Review and evaluate competitive research proposals Other Duties as Assigned
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related engineering field plus 6 years experience or Advanced Degree plus 4 years of experience Fluency in software tools for process modeling, biomanufacturing facility design, and economic analysis Deep understanding of bio-based processes (fermentation, down-stream recovery) Deep understanding of process engineering economics, including equipment and capital investment cost estimation, total production cost, cash flow analysis, and profitability analyses. Familiarity with methods and tools to evaluate environmental, health, and safety impact, as well as sustainability assessment Familiarity with chemical finishing steps employed in bio-processing Self-motivated, able to work independently, able to effectively contribute in teams Strong commitment to safety and environmental consciousness
Preferred Qualifications: MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering or related engineering field Experience in an industrial setting Track record of innovation in fermentation, down-stream, or semi-synthesis process development
Internal Number: 339884
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