Process Integration Engineer
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Skokie, IL 60077
LanzaTech is turning our global carbon crisis into a feedstock opportunity, with the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%. LanzaTech?s carbon recycling technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto a steel mill?s emission source, and instead of using sugars and yeast to brew beer, bacteria ferments pollution into products! Imagine a day when you can power a plane by recycled carbon emissions and when your yoga pants or sneakers started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology. The world?s first commercial facility converting steel mill waste gases to fuels started operations in China in 2018 and LanzaTech has an additional 4 commercial projects in the pipeline, in India, Belgium, South Africa, and California. In 2018, Virgin Atlantic used LanzaTech fuel in a world first commercial flight from Orlando to London.
In 2019, LanzaTech was named to Fast Company?s prestigious annual list of the World?s Most Innovative Companies for 2019. Ranking #1 in the Energy Category and #27 overall. In addition, LanzaTech was recognized as the #1 Hottest company in the Advanced Bioeconomy for the fourth time by Biofuels Digest, the world?s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The company has also been inaugurated into the Cleantech100 Hall of Fame, having been listed in the top 100 cleantech companies for 7 years straight. LanzaTech was also the top biofuels company in the 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 Companies list.
We have an exciting opportunity for an adventurous, research-oriented engineer to join the Process Integration team at LanzaTech. Process Integration works on novel concept development of the bioreactor and downstream processes, is responsible for the pilot labs within LanzaTech headquarters, and provides technical support to commercial gas fermentation facilities. As a member of this team the successful candidate will operate gas fermentation reactors and supporting systems, troubleshoot fermentation operation on remote sites, participate in experimental planning, and join cross-functional team-based projects with engineering, synthetic biology and computational biology. This position has a travel component of up to 50%.
Specific Job Functions:
+ Travel to commercial sites around the world to assist in commissioning and start-up of gas fermentation plants.
+ Operate both lab and pilot scale fermentation reactors and downstream separation systems.
+ Maintain lab and pilot scale equipment.
+ Make up fermentation media and dosing chemicals.
Engineering concept development
+ Aid in development of novel process flow schemes around gas fermentation, especially integrating with up and down-stream processes.
+ Opportunity to propose, specify, and build modifications to pilot scale equipment.
+ Aid in development of next-generation gas fermentation bioreactor design.
+ Aid in development of control systems to assist in gas fermentation operations at commercial scale.
+ Write up novel concepts as invention disclosures and participate in the patent application process.
Qualifications and Experience
+ Bachelor?s degree in engineering with a biology focus (bioprocess, biochemical, biological)
+ 2+ years of research development experience or the equivalent in postgraduate study
+ Master?s degree in microbiology, fermentation science, bioprocess Engineering or a related field.
+ Prior experience with the design and development of bioprocesses, especially around scale-up and process optimization.
+ Knowledge or experience of gas fermentation technology by anaerobic acetogens.
+ Practical mechanical experience with pilot scale and larger bioprocess equipment.
+ Knowledge of analytics & instrumentation of biological processes.
+ Industrial site experience commissioning & troubleshooting biological process plants.
+ Experience with DCS/PLC programming and control loop tuning.
+ Based out of LanzaTech?s global headquarters in Skokie, IL
+ Overseas and domestic travel, up to 50% for operations support.
+ Both desk and hands-on work in lab, pilot, and commercial sites.
+ Work around chemical hazards such as toxic and/or flammable gases and substances when working in the lab. Possible exposure to large industrial hazards while on commercial sites.
This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.