Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems & Engineering Division (BSE) is looking
for a Process Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow to join their Advanced Biofuels
and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU)!
In this exciting role, you will plan and execute R&D and scale-up projects in
advanced biofuel production including deconstruction, fermentation, and
recovery. This will include collecting, analyzing, and reporting data from
laboratory and mini-pilot scale processes.
This role will give you the opportunity to take on mentoring and training
responsibilities, writing publications, helping author grant and patent
applications, and assume a greater role of intellectual leadership. Working as
part of a highly collaborative project, you will partner with several research
groups from the National Renewable Energy, Argonne National, and Sandia
National Laboratories and industrial collaborators. The learnings from these
studies will not only be published but also tested with industrial
collaborators at the ABPDU.
What You Will Do:
Project and experiment planning using statistical design of experiment
approach using JMP or similar software.
Execute experiments for industrial and academic collaborators with
bioreactors at 250 mL, 2L, and 300L scale.
Compute mass and energy balances.
Collect and analyze data and report findings in written and oral
presentations for staff and facility collaborators.
Maintain an accurate and detailed scientific logbook of all experiments
performed. Ensure that others could duplicate results.
Write manuscripts and participate in the authoring of grant proposals and
Routine maintenance of equipment and laboratory facilities.
Perform system suitability testing, statistical process control, root
cause failure analysis, and other problem solving and prevention
Order supplies and coordinate with industrial collaborators on materials
Participate in group meetings.
Draft manuscripts describing experimental work.
Present results and discuss plans with funders.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or a
closely related discipline.
Experience working with bioreactors.
Experience with statistical design of experiments.
Understanding of lignocellulosic feedstock characterization and impact on
Excellent oral and written communication skills including a successful
record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work
independently and perform collaborative research in an interdisciplinary
What We Prefer:
Experience analyzing and interpreting -omic data with strong
Familiarity with microbial imaging techniques.
Interest in mentoring and developing others.
For full consideration, please apply by August 17, 2022 with the following
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance
of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
This is a full time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year,
postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon
satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and
ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years of paid
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes
with predetermined postdoctoral step rates dependent on years of
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
Work will be performed onsite at the Emery Station Operations Center —
5885 Hollis Street Emeryville, CA.
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