Senior Research Associate / Research Scientist (or Engineer)

Skokie, Illinois, US
Jul 08, 2021
Aug 08, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Company Overview

Mission-driven LanzaTech is a revolutionary solution to climate change, capturing pollution to clean our skies and oceans and create new high value products for a sustainable future. LanzaTech captures pollution to make fuels and chemicals, including sustainable jet fuel and products you use every day. The technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto an emission source like a steel mill or a landfill site, but instead of using sugars and yeast to make beer, pollution is converted by biology to fuels and chemicals! Imagine a day when your plane is powered by recycled emissions, when your yoga pants started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology.
  • 2021 Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list
  • 2019 Chicago Innovation Awards Winner
  • 2019 Fortune Magazine - Change the World - Companies to watch
  • 2019 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award
  • LanzaTech is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as part of our mission, culture & core values

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.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a R&D Process Scientist/Engineer. The individual selected for this position will be operating new purification processes, which will contribute to LanzaTech's ability to scale up and commercialize new chemical products based on our core fermentation products. Initial responsibilities include operation of bench and pilot scale distillation apparatus, operating analytical equipment, data processing, and troubleshooting. This position will participate on cross-functional teams with Analytical and Engineering.

Key duties

This job entails execution of R&D experimental programs using analytical, laboratory and pilot scale equipment:
  • Operation of separation equipment
  • Operation of associated analytical equipment
  • Process unit operation and data collection
  • Process optimization to meet performance targets
  • Documentation of experimental results
  • Documentation of testing unit operation including management of change and hazard identification
  • Participation in all aspects of a safe work environment

Required Qualifications
  • BA/BS in chemistry or chemical engineering or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years industry experience, 5 years preferred
  • Experience with separation technology including distillation
  • Demonstrated experience with operation of lab scale chemical testing and analytical equipment.
  • Hands-on troubleshooting ability and mechanical aptitude
  • Team player that thrives in a cutting edge, fast paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently

  • Experience building, modifying and operating bench or pilot scale equipment
  • Experience operating separation equipment including distillation

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to work standing in the lab for 8 hours
  • Ability to work on 8 ft. ladder

Work Environment
  • Lab - primary location
  • Cubical for computer work

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