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    Opportunity: Recovery/Protein Purification Engineer (#75881) @ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory -- Berkeley, CA (US)
    Submitted by Jeff Todd; posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013



    The Recovery/Protein Purification Engineer will focus on managing and conducting Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) bioproduct recovery and protein purification projects from conception through product /documentation delivery including planning, resource allocations, setting milestones, directing schedules, conduction laboratory tasks, and writing/submitting reports. This individual will manage resources to achieving project goals in time and within budget. This individual will provide to the ABPDU bioproduct recovery and protein purification team expertise applied to process transfer for other laboratories/industry, adaptation, development and demonstration of processes for recovery of biofuels and chemicals to develop biorefineries from diverse feedstocks and for the purification processing enzymes. This position will be involved in designing, preparing documentation (SOPs, Batch Records), selecting and maintaining equipment and development of methods together with the analytical team to monitor product quality from biomass/fermentation to final product and all chemical used in recovery and purification activities. Additional research goals include developing and applying bioprocess engineering tools for bioproduct recovery/protein purification technology development and demonstration. The incumbent will also write reports and publications, and help author grant and patent applications.

    Reporting to the ABPDU Program Manager, this position will manage the day-to-day research activities of the bioproduct recovery/protein purification group including staff training and work oversight responsibilities. As supervisor of the bioproduct recovery/protein purification area this individual will provide training to persons assigned to the unit and to other staff members working in the recovery area. When assigned by the Project Manager, this individual with act as owner for ABPDU projects providing leadership to technical activities, assistance to business development, and serve a communication link to the client during the execution of the assigned project.


    • Plan and execute projects and experiments for bioproduct recovery/protein purification coordinated with the technology donors and ABPDU's fermentation, analytical and deconstruction teams.
    • Follow the safety guidelines of LBNL; participate in and contribute to continuous safety improvement. Be on-call for emergencies 24/7.
    • Maintain detailed experiment records (notebook, batch records), collect data, analyze data and report findings in written and oral presentations for staff and facility collaborators.
    • Supervise, train and lead the workflow of junior technical staff. Experience in the supervision of associate scientists, undergraduate/graduate students, technicians and postdocs.
    • Write manuscripts and participate in the authoring of grant proposals, patent applications and internal/external presentations, and otherwise contribute significantly to the intellectual growth of the organization
    • Direct the process of selection, improvement and maintenance of equipment and laboratory facilities in the bioproduct recovery/protein purification area.
    • Act as project owner for assigned projects including communications with clients/other laboratories, proposal preparation/review, resource planning, weekly meetings and reports as described in the proposal.
    • Use statistical design of experiments (JMP or similar software) where necessary.
    • Perform system suitability testing, statistical process control, root cause failure analysis, and other problem solving and prevention techniques.
    • Order laboratory supplies and coordinate with service providers for repairs and preventive maintenance in the recovery area.
    • Participate and occasionally lead group meetings including PowerPoint presentations applying good verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs weight.
    Additional responsibilities:
    • Participate in operations in other areas assisting other ABPDU team members
    Keep abreast of current scientific literature.
    • Present findings at meetings and conferences.


    • Experience with process optimization for bioproduct recovery/protein purification using various methods with emphasis on separation sciences and product recovery from cells and broth.
    • Strong problem-solving capabilities with demonstrated ability to present novel methods and techniques to solve problems within broadly defined objectives.
    • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to present data in a coherent manner, suitable for inclusion in peer-reviewed publications.
    • Candidate must be able and willing to learn and implement unique experimentation techniques.
    • Strong written and oral communications skills, with the ability to effectively guide the research efforts of junior staff.
    • Ability to work efficiently and productively in a team environment with minimal supervision
    Additional desired qualifications:
    • M.S. or Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering with previous bioproduct recovery and protein purification experience is highly preferred.


    This is a 1-year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.


    Berkeley, CA




    For full consideration, follow the link to the job posting and apply directly to Berkeley Lab. As part of the online application process, please complete a profile, including uploading attachments relevant to the opportunity. Be sure to reference where you found the position.[...]75881


    Berkeley Lab is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.

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