BioProcess Engineer

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Chicago, IL, IL, United States

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BioProcess Engineer


Chicago, IL, IL 



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About LanzaTech:

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.

Position Summary:

We have a unique opportunity for a sustainability focused research engineer to join the Process Integration team at LanzaTech. Process Integration works on novel concept development of the bioreactor and downstream processes, is responsible for the pilot labs within LanzaTech headquarters, and provides technical support to commercial gas fermentation facilities. As a member of this team the successful candidate will operate gas fermentation reactors and supporting systems, travel to global sites to advise fermentation operation, participate in experimental planning, and join cross-functional team-based projects with engineering, synthetic biology, and computational biology. This position has a travel component of up to 30%.

Specific Job Functions:

Site support

  • Travel to commercial sites around the world to assist in commissioning and start-up of gas fermentation plants.

Fermentation operation

  • Operate both lab and pilot scale fermentation reactors and downstream separation systems.
  • Maintain lab and pilot scale equipment.
  • Make up fermentation media and dosing chemicals.

Engineering concept development

  • Aid in development of novel process flow schemes around gas fermentation, especially integrating with up and down-stream processes.
  • Opportunity to propose, specify, and build modifications to pilot scale equipment.
  • Aid in development of next-generation gas fermentation bioreactor design.
  • Aid in development of control systems to assist in gas fermentation operations at commercial scale.
  • Write up novel concepts as invention disclosures and participate in the patent application process.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with a biology focus (bioprocess, biochemical, biological)
  • 2+ years of research development experience or the equivalent in postgraduate study
  • Overseas and domestic travel, up to 50% for operations support


  • Master’s degree in microbiology, fermentation science, bioprocess Engineering or a related field.
  • Prior experience with the design and development of bioprocesses, especially around scale-up and process optimization.
  • Knowledge or experience of gas fermentation technology by anaerobic acetogens.
  • Practical mechanical experience with pilot scale and larger bioprocess equipment.
  • Knowledge of analytics & instrumentation of biological processes.
  • Industrial site experience commissioning & troubleshooting biological process plants.
  • Experience with DCS/PLC programming and control loop tuning.

Environment/Work Conditions:

  • Based out of LanzaTech’s global headquarters in Skokie, IL
  • Overseas and domestic travel, up to 50% for operations support.
  • Both desk and hands-on work in lab, pilot, and commercial sites.
  • Exposure to chemical hazards such as toxic and/or flammable gases and substances when working in the lab. Possible exposure to large industrial hazards while on commercial sites.