Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Lab Specialist - IBRL Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineeri

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Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Lab Specialist

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

This Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Lab Specialist position will join an energetic and growing team in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, a new facility on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus designed to scale bioprocessing technologies and help bridge the gap between academic research and industrial commercialization. This program and pilot plant facilities are uniquely designed to work closely with industry and faculty on research and scale-up activities above the typical benchtop work done on campus.

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The primary position function is to manage and perform research, education, and technical work in the scale bioprocessing technologies area.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in development of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory Pilot Processing Plant (IBRL-PPP) and laboratory costing strategies, maintain records, and assist in audits as required.
  • Carefully manage allocated budgets/resources and project future needs to benefit IBRL-PPP and laboratory operations.
  • Supervise and perform the day-to-day work, operations, and safety oversight of the IBRL-PPP and laboratory. Schedule and prepare for processing trials by students, faculty, and outside researchers.
  • Assist with inventory tracking and property accounting audits for the IBRL-PPP and laboratory. Ensure consumable supplies are maintained and available for users of the facility.
  • Develop and implement technical training in the areas of equipment operation, IBRL-PPP and laboratory safety, and research methodology/data analysis as it pertains to IBRL-PPP scale-up and testing.
  • Oversee installation, maintenance, and training programs of research equipment, working with University personnel and outside contractors as necessary to ensure functionality for users.
  • Provide expertise to faculty, students, and outside users of the IBRL-PPP and laboratory to ensure safe and successful use of facility equipment, including performing routine assays on lab equipment.
  • Oversee equipment and light facility repairs in the IBRL-PPP and laboratory. Make recommendations for facility and equipment repairs, improvements, and upgrades.
  • Maintain IBRL-PPP to industry GMP standards (non-food grade). Assist in creation of and enforce written operating and safety procedures for the IBRL-PPP and laboratory. Participate in any inspections or audits of the IBRL-PPP.
  • Assist in creation of and implement the IBRL-PPP and laboratory safety plan. Provide regular, documented safety trainings and ensure a culture of safety is maintained for all users of the facility to provide a safe and secure work environment. Make recommendations to improve safety of facility.
  • Consult with research personnel and staff on experiement and/or process-specific equipment and safety needs.
  • Represent Department and College at conferences, meetings, and other related activities as requested.
  • Coordinate with other IBRL technical specialists on activities in the IBRL-PPP and laboratory. Maintain knowledge of procedures and equipment in both spaces to serve as backup to other members on team.
  • Serve as backup IBRL 24/7 emergency contact for Public Safety and Facilities and Services.
  • Pursue ongoing professional development. Stay abreast of developing processing technologies, industry product trends, and safety programs.

Salary range for position: Commensurate with education and/or experience

Minimum education and work experience (including years) to qualify for the position:
  • Bachelor's degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Technical Systems Management, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, or closely related field
  • 1-3 years of work experience in supervising and training others in an educational environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of common food, chemical, and bioenergy industry processing techniques, GMPs, plant safety, and pilot scale processing equipment
  • Ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair industrial processing equipment
  • Experience in laboratory setting and running common equipment
  • Knowledge of/experience with research principles, research methodology, and analyzing/interpreting research data
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in forming and maintaining professional relationships in an academic and corporate environment
  • Hold or have ability to obtain Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification

Preferred education and work experience:
  • Master's Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Technical Systems Management, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, or closely related field
  • 3+ years of experience working in a food or bioprocessing pilot-scale or production facility

Appointemnt Status: Full-time, 12 month Academic Professional position

Anticipated start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Apply at with a cover letter and current resume along with names and contact information of 3 references. To ensure full consideration all documents must be received by October 5, 2018.

Please contact Ronda Sullivan at 217-244-9528 or [email protected] with questions.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Category: 6-Research
Title: Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Lab Specialist - IBRL Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (101492)
Open Date: 09/14/2018
Close Date: 10/05/2018
Organization Name: ABE-IBRL





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Posted: 9/15/2018
Application Due: 10/20/2018
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