Research Associate / Sr Research Associate (Bioprocess - Analytical Chemistry)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internal Number: 96495
Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems & Engineering Division (BSE) is looking for a highly motivated, well-organized, and technically proficient Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to join their Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU)!
In this exciting role, you will assist with research projects in analytical and downstream recovery laboratories and will have opportunities to gain other relevant experiences such as catalysis and fermentation. While collaborating with Scientists, Engineers, and other Research Associates, you will work in an industrial biotech R&D environment and achieve different milestones on multiple projects in an effort towards commercialization of industrial biotech processes. Under ABPDU's dynamic and fast-paced working environment, you will be trained to obtain competitive skills in industrial biotechnology and gain an advanced understanding in renewable biofuel and biochemical processes.
What You Will Do:
Assist with analytical experiments including collecting and analyzing data, and deliver data-oriented reports.
Communicate with project leads to plan and execute multiple analytical related projects.
Assist in the development and optimization of analytical methods to meet requirements across different projects.
Participate in projects in downstream processes (bioproduct recovery and purification), catalysis, and fermentation when needed.
Maintain an accurate and detailed logbook of all experiments performed, ensuring that projects are well recorded and tracked.
Participate in regular team activities, including literature review, meeting presentation, report preparation, as well as establishing interdisciplinary collaboration.
Execute routine lab activities such as supply inventory management, clean up, and waste disposal etc.
What is Required:
A minimum of 1 year of relevant experience in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, or a related field.
Familiarity with analytical instruments including but not limited to HPLC, GC, and chemistry/biochemistry assays.
Good analytical skills including the ability to problem-solve, troubleshoot, multitask, and understand operating procedures.
Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary laboratory environment.
Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to maintain detailed and accurate laboratory documents, reports, and operating procedures.
What We Prefer:
A Bachelor's Degree or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or a related field.
Experience in fermentation, biomass deconstruction, bioproduct recovery and purification.
Experience participating in R&D projects.
Relevant experience in lignocellulosic biomass chemistry and related characterization methods.
Knowledge of engineering statistics (e.g., design of experiments), data processing, and modeling (e.g., Superpro, Aspen, Matlab).
For full consideration, please apply with a resume by September 7, 2022.
This is a full time, career appointment.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
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 performed onsite at the Emery Station Operations Center -- 5885 Hollis Street Emeryville, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
The Biological Systems & Engineering Division's vision is to lead efforts that combine the power of biology with the tools of engineering to develop sustainable energy and manufacturing solutions to improve human health.
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