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Analytical Scientist

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Skokie, IL 60077
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About LanzaTech

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.

About the role

We have an opening for an Analytical Chemist with gas chromatography expertise in the Analytical Sciences Team, part of the Technology R&D function in Skokie, IL. This position will act as a resource responsible for GC and GC-MS method development, sample analysis and problem solving on collaborative technology projects. The individual selected must demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge in chromatography, mass spectrometry and data analysis in both applications and hardware. This position will develop and support analytics for a wide range of applications relating to metabolomics, fermentation, chemicals and fuels. The position is based at our headquarters in Skokie, IL, but will also support LanzaTech?s demonstration and commercial sites around the world.

Duties and Responsibilities

+ Perform offline and online GC and GC-MS analyses on a variety of sample types for a diverse set of R&D applications

+ Adapt, and develop new methods for utilization of these measurement systems, as well as ongoing maintenance and calibration

+ Conduct feasibility experiments as needed to ensure the most appropriate analytical techniques are implemented to support program requirements

+ Drive continuous improvement in methods to improve accuracy, throughput and reduce hands on time, investigate and benchmark worldwide best methodologies

+ Understand R&D project analytical needs, interpret complex scientific data, and clearly communicate results to diverse stakeholders

+ Actively participate in commercial, scale-up field testing and validation of laboratory and online process analyzers at LanzaTech?s demonstration and commercial global sites

Basic Qualifications

+ BS, MS or Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely related field

+ Minimum of 5 years direct hands-on experience with gas chromatography (GC and GCMS) analysis and method development.

+ Must have a fundamental understanding of other complementary methods used in fuel, biological and chemical analysis.

+ Experience with optimizing and troubleshooting the interface between the process being measured and the analytical analysis of the process (analytical sampling, impact of process variables on the analysis, analytical process integration and data reporting).

+ Able to interface and effectively communicate with co-workers and customers from diverse backgrounds and educational levels.

+ Capable of independently developing and troubleshooting analytical methods.

+ Adaptable team player that thrives in a cutting edge, fast paced, entrepreneurial environment where priorities can change quickly.

+ Strong experience in chromatography data systems, mass spec databases and MS Office.

+ Able to travel nationally and internationally up to 10% as needed

+ Highly Preferred

+ Method development preferably in an industrial analytical research environment related to refining, oil and gas, biotechnology, chemicals or renewable energy.

+ Experience with sample preparation/introduction techniques such as SPE, SPME, HS and cartridge/canister sampling.

+ Experience with online or high-throughput GC analysis.

+ Experience in ASTM or EN gasoline, diesel, ethanol and jet fuel characterization methods.

+ Knowledge of fermentation, food, alcoholic beverage, flavors or fragrance testing.

+ Demonstrated experience with process and automation hardware and software (e.g. Swagelok®, LabVIEW )

+ Experience with industrial safety practices such as OSHA, PSM, etc.

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, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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