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Senior Bioprocess Engineer (USP)

Air Protein

Air Protein

San Leandro, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023
We’re currently seeking a Senior BioProcess Engineer (USP) to join our extraordinary team.
Do you have an understanding on the execution, commissioning, and start-up of fermentation and bioprocessing lines?
Are you knowledgeable on operating, troubleshooting, and overseeing bioreactors and/or fermenters.
Are you skilled at optimizing pilot and demonstration plants?
Do you love creating a culture of safety on your teams?
Have you worked with hydrogen and/or have robust knowledge of PSM?
If you answered yes to these questions, then WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
What we are looking for in you:
The Senior BioProcess Engineer (USP) is experienced with fermentation, gas-to-liquid, gas-to-chemicals, hydrogenation, or related processes. They are responsible for the safe design and operation of gas bioprocesses in the company. This role would play a significant part in optimizing gas generation delivery, and utilization. This position is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and requires candidates to live in commutable distance to the worksite.

What you will be doing:

  • Collaborate with R&D engineers and scientists to design and scale-up bio processes.
  • Provide technical and engineering guidance in the design and operation of gas fermentation and bioreactor systems involving the use of hydrogen, CO2, and oxygen.
  • Apply engineering principles, research theories, and models to design and plan experiments.
  • Execute on the design, installation, commissioning, and start-up of gas generators, storage, delivery, and gas bioprocessing lines.
  • Gatekeeper of Management of Change (MoC) systems.
  • Prepare and give presentations.
  • Lead project meetings to coordinate efforts and communicate effectively.
  • Manage subcontractor efforts to ensure quality and accuracy in delivery of engineering projects.
  • Develop, write, and review technical documentation including reports, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and engineering design packages.
  • Maintain safety in the operation of the gas generators, storage, delivery, bioreactors and maintain Project Safety Management (PSM) for the plant.

What you must have:

  • ChemE or MechE degree with 10+ yrs of experience in fermentation, gas-to-liquid, gas-to-chemicals, hydrogenation, or other process involving high pressure and/or flammable gasses in an Engineering or operations role.
  • Experience w/ collaboration with R&D teams.
  • Understand high gas transfer reactor systems and industrial utilization of hydrogen.
  • Expertise in aseptic processing, fermentation, and related biochemical processes.
  • Professional experience in roles requiring both independent creativity and collaboration with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in gas fermentation or gas bioprocessing is an asset.
  • Experience developing processes in pilot scale and designing large scale equipment..
  • Prior experience with production scale biotech process equipment.
  • Experience in design and simulation of gas transfer in chemical systems or bioreactors is an asset.
  • Background in food processing, Pharma, or biotechnology to include sanitary factory/process design and GMP regulations.

What you should have:

  • Able to recognize when optimization, correction, or custom changes are necessary
  • Ability to troubleshoot and manage operations
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to act proactively to create exceptional experiences for internal and external audiences
  • Professional experience in roles requiring both independent creativity and collaboration with multiple stakeholders
  • Understand the use of technology as a competitive differentiator
  • Demonstrable experience with the Haber-Bosch process, hydrotreatment or hydrocracking of petroleum, hydrogenation of vegetable oils, methanol synthesis, the Fischer–Tropsch process, the Ziegler process.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and manage operations
  • Demonstrate strong business and financial acumen with an understanding of the implications of new technology development processes.

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Benefits & Perks:
- Competitive Health Benefits, including ancillary benefits and HSA/FSA programs
- Unlimited PTO and Paid Holidays
- Parental Bonding Leave
- Retirement Plan with Company Match up to 4%
- Employee Equity
- Employee Development
- Stocked kitchen with snacks and drinks
- Weekly All-Hands Meetings
Air Protein is an equal opportunity employer:
At Air Protein, we are committed to providing equal opportunities. Because we want the absolute best people, we enthusiastically invite people of every race, color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability – or any other status protected by law – to apply to join our team.
Research has shown that women and people from marginalized groups may not apply for a role if they aren't a 100% match. Please don't hold back. If you think you will excel in this role, but perhaps you don’t tick every box, we'd appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.
About Air Protein:
Imagine a protein company unlike anything that has come before! Air Protein™ is on a mission to impact climate change by revolutionizing how we make protein. Founded in 2019, we make protein from elements of the air.
Air Protein is a modern food company, crafting the world’s first air-based protein to feed us more sustainably, help renew the planet’s resources and eliminate compromise between nutrition, taste and climate impact. Using novel technology inspired by NASA, we convert elements found in the air around us into protein using probiotic cultures, then turn those proteins into any meat imaginable. It’s where cutting-edge science meets bold ambition to reinvent the way we eat.
Join our team of passionate scientists, engineers, and business leaders working to transform the future of food with solutions we never thought possible, creating meat that is nutritious, delicious and more sustainable. Air Protein uses less land, less water and is significantly faster to make than any other meat available.
In addition to the chance to work with cutting edge technology to help combat climate change and working toward addressing the impending food crisis, Air Protein employees also enjoy competitive benefits and total compensation plans and a collaborative company culture. If you join us on this relentless pursuit for more, changing the world will soon feel as natural as taking a breath.
Air Protein is funded by ADM, a world leader in fermentation technology, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Barclays, one of the world’s leading financial institutions.