CleanJoule, INC Bioprocess Engineer Salt Lake City, UT · Full time

CleanJoule is seeking to hire a Bioprocess Engineer to support our micro-organism-based fermentation efforts fulfilling research and development (R&D) goals. The ideal candidate should have strong knowledge and experience with bioprocessing to produce high value biological products. The candidate will be responsible for strain improvement, independent design, and fermentation process development at laboratory and industrial scale based on a strong command of biochemical and engineering principles.

Description

About CleanJoule Inc.,


We are the world’s leading innovators of full performance sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Our highly innovative technology allows us to harness existing energy from biomass and convert it to superior performance aviation fuel as well as carbon negative, bio-rubber that can be used in various consumer and commercial products. 


We are a passionate and creative group of engineers, scientists, and visionaries focused on clean energy solutions, with the purpose of creating a sustainable planet, reducing global carbon emissions, and ultimately combatting climate change. CleanJoule Inc., is a venture funded, SAF development company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. 


Job Description: 


CleanJoule is seeking to hire a Bioprocess Engineer to support our micro-organism-based fermentation efforts fulfilling research and development (R&D) goals. 

 

The ideal candidate should have strong knowledge and experience with bioprocessing to produce high value biological products. The candidate will be responsible for strain improvement, independent design, and fermentation process development at laboratory and industrial scale based on a strong command of biochemical and engineering principles. 

 

As part of the team, will apply scientific and engineering principles, research theories, models, and hands-on technical expertise to design and plan experiments and research activities.

 

This job will have non-standard work hours in accordance with the rigors of fermentation runs.

 

·        Design, execute and analyze fermentation process conditions for micro-organisms across the scale from shake-flask to industrial scale bioreactors (500 L).

·        Design, coordinate, and lead experiments to evaluate operating conditions, hardware changes, medium formulations, feeding strategies, and other process conditions to improve key performance indications in small scale bioreactors.

·        Design small scale fermentation models to enable rapid strain characterization at medium to high throughput experimentation.

·        Design and execute analytical protocols to quantify and qualify cultured organisms as well as products produced.

·        Perform data analysis to track key performance indicators and guide experimental planning.

·        Expedite the process improvement and optimization with innovative technical solutions for development of biological products.

·        Develop and document improved methods for novel products to accelerate product development, scale-up and implementation.

·        Support continuous improvement of laboratory infrastructure, operations, workflows, and protocols.

·        Work with relevant stakeholders to identify fermentation process requirements that enable effective downstream processing for product separation and purification.

·        Collaborate with other teams including engineering, pilot and scale-up operations, downstream processing, and product development.

·        Work with other teams in the development and implementation of systems and processes to support the quality of fermentation processes and products.

·        Ability to travel to tolling sites up to 25% in different states to perform production runs.

·        Ability to work non-standard hours required of bioprocess engineering.

·        Develop and maintain a safe working environment.


Qualifications:          


Education, Experience, and Knowledge:      


·        BS or MS degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemical engineering, microbiology, or chemical engineering required.

·        3+ years of experience (BS) or 2+ years of experience (MS) working in academic and/or industrial research laboratory. Industry experience is highly preferred.

·        Prior experience in the operation of bioreactors using industrially relevant micro-organisms is required.

·        Prior experience with common molecular biology techniques: SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, PCR, transformation, and plasmid construction is required.

·        Prior experience with analytical instruments including GC and HPLC is required.

·        Experience in industrial strain improvement using molecular biology techniques is a must.

·        Direct experience in fermentation (R&D, operations, and/or engineering) is ideal.

·        Experience running fermenters including setup, sampling, process development (including downstream processing), and troubleshooting hardware and software.

·        Prior fermentation experience at the lab-scale, including the end-to-end operation of bioreactors and development of standard operating procedures (SOP’s).

·        Fermentation experience at pilot scale (500L+) across multiple products is desired.

·        Experience developing and optimizing robust, scalable industrial fermentation processes is desired.

·        Strong hands-on-wet-lab and fermentation skills is required.

·        Must be able to prioritize and manage timelines and scope of work to meet program goals and milestones.

·        Experience using statistics and design-of-experiments based approaches to strengthen experimental design and enable robust data analysis.

·        Able to develop new systems/scale-up innovations.

·        Demonstrated proficiency in common computer tools and web-based applications.

·        Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with a strong execution focus. 

·        Prior experience successfully participating in work teams where personal accountability, attention to detail, collaboration, and results were required is essential.

·        Advanced critical thinking skills.

 

We are looking for team members that possess these qualities: energetic, positive, strong interpersonal communicator, detail-oriented, ethics-minded, problem solver, adaptable, team-oriented, safety minded, and self-motivated. If this describes you, join our team today and contribute to the success of our organization’s future.


Physical Demands:


Frequent lifting and moving of items up to fifty (50) pounds, bending, reaching above shoulder level, climbing stairs, pulling, prolonged standing or sitting may be required. Must have safe work habits and perform all duties in accordance with company safety policies and practices. This position requires the use of personal protective equipment that may include eye or face protection, gloves, masks, respirators, safety shoes, earplugs, coveralls and/or uniforms that are provided by the company and its use is mandatory.    


General:


This position is in Salt Lake City, Utah with work performed on-site. CleanJoule is an At-Will, VEVRAA, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, E-Verify, and Drug Free Workplace offering excellent career opportunities, as well as competitive compensation and benefits package (health, dental, vision, employee life and disability, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, 401k matching, PTO, paid annual company shutdown, and bonus potential). Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background verification. 


EEO Statement: CleanJoule is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. We are excited to work with talented individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. All employment decisions at CleanJoule are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or special disabled veteran, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.


This is a unique opportunity to join a growing team as we work to address environmental challenges for a more sustainable future. 


FLSA Classification: Exempt


Please include the position title and reference number when applying.


Submit resumes to: 


CleanJoule, Inc. (Ref. # BPE/BC06012024)

675 Arapeen Drive, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108


E-mail: [email protected]

Visit our website at: cleanjoule.com