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Research Associate, Process Integration

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Skokie, IL 60077
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Research Associate, Process Integration

Our Company:

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, with the first 2 commercial units converting steel mill waste gases to fuels being built in China with Shougang and in Belgium with the world?s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal. LanzaTech has an additional 3 commercial projects in the pipeline, in India, South Africa and California. LanzaTech has already produced synthetic jet fuel from recycled carbon emissions and has a partnership with Virgin Atlantic.

In April 2019, 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 was also inaugurated into the Cleantech100 Hall of Fame, having been listed in the top 100 cleantech companies over the last 7 years. In 2016, the company won the Young Global Leader Award for Circular Economy at the World Economic Forum, LanzaTech was also the top biofuels company in the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Companies list. In 2015, LanzaTech was awarded the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways. The company?s accomplishments were recognized through a number of prestigious awards in 2014, including the Guardian Sustainable Business Innovation Award for Carbon and Energy Management, Breakthrough Innovation Award at the Platts Global Metals Awards, and the Technical Development Award from the World Petroleum Council. In 2013, the company was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Position Summary:

We have an exciting opportunity for a junior scientist to join the Process Integration team at LanzaTech. This R&D team of scientists and engineers is responsible for initial concept development, lab testing and scale-up of ideas to improve gas fermentation and its integration within overall process schemes. Process Integration is responsible for the pilot-scale bioreactors and engineering labs at LanzaTech headquarters in Skokie, and its members support commercial operations as fermentation experts. As a member of this team, the Research Associate will operate gas fermentation reactors and supporting analytical systems, participate in experimental planning, and join cross-functional team-based projects with engineering, synthetic and computational biology.


Fermentation operation

+ Make up fermentation media and dosing chemicals.

+ Operate lab-scale (CSTR) gas fermentation reactors and execute experiments in them.

+ Perform routine sample analysis using microscopy, spectroscopy, and flow cytometry

+ Assist operations of pilot scale fermentation reactors and downstream separation systems.

+ Maintain lab and pilot scale equipment.

+ Create and update standard operating procedures.

Research and Development

+ Plan experiments for lab and pilot scale fermentation.

+ Evaluate and maintain fermentation data in databases.

+ Analyse datasets and infer underlying chemical and biological processes.

+ Effectively present lab findings to the wider science and engineering teams.

+ Write up novel concepts as invention disclosures and participate in the patent application process.

+ Run various physical and hydrodynamic experiments relating to bioreactor design.


+ Bachelor?s degree in microbiology, or a degree in engineering with a biotech/bioprocess focus Required


+ Master?s degree in microbiology, fermentation science, bioprocess engineering or a related field.

+ Experience with microbiology, aseptic and anaerobic techniques.

+ Knowledge or experience of gas fermentation technology by anaerobic acetogens.

+ Practical mechanical experience with lab or pilot scale process equipment.

+ Knowledge of analytics & instrumentation of biological processes.

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