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Chemical Engineer, Biofuels

Woodland, CA 95776

Posted: 11/15/2023 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Renewable Energy Job Number: 84631

Job Description

Our client is looking to hire a highly motivated Chemical Engineer for our Research and Development Center in Woodland, CA to help our team take biofuels projects from pilot-scale operations to scale-up of the technology to commercial implementation. The center is built on our industry leading biomass gasification technology and has projects on upgrading bio-syngas to produce diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and renewable natural gas (RNG). Our projects are in partnership with utilities and agencies including Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Department of Energy, and California Energy Commission and involve several other key suppliers of gas upgrading technology to be integrated with the gasifier system. We are looking for engineers that can come on board and work with the engineering team and suppliers to construct and test integrated chemical systems and then participate in the scale-up to commercial facilities.

The Chemical Engineer is responsible for high level technical tasks including designing, configuring and testing pilot-scale biofuels production systems. The qualified candidate will be an engineer with education in chemical process design and at least 3 years of relevant industrial experience.

 * Evaluation and maintenance of existing pilot plant equipment: maintaining and upgrading hardware/software; supervision of equipment inventory; hardware/firmware trouble-shooting
 * Development of new systems: development of design plans and specification of new processes and equipment with engineering team and suppliers; supervision of equipment installation activities; system commissioning; periodic verification of equipment testing and data acquisition.
 * Data evaluation and reporting: data set management; data reduction, analysis and evaluation; development of written reports; assistance with presentations.
 * Designing and implementing test procedures for pilot scale and laboratory experiments with chemical conversion systems and equipment.
 * Modeling of chemical processes for the purpose of scale-up of laboratory and pilot equipment.
 * Managing and analyzing large datasets.
 * Working with and directing plant technicians in their work.
 * Assisting with development and implementation of safe operating procedures.
 * Maintaining a positive and collaborative workspace with colleagues and outside partners.

Job Requirements

• Engineering background with a strong understanding of chemical process development.
 • Specific experience with gas/chemical synthesis and gas/chemical purification is a plus.
 • BS in Chemical Engineering, or similar field, MS or PhD preferred or equivalent experience.
 • 3-years of experience in chemical process design and development in a commercial setting.
 • Familiar with process and chemical modeling programs like Aspen, ChemCAD, Matlab/Simulink, Barracuda, or equivalents.
 • Strong knowledge of design of thermal and fluid systems, mass and energy balances, etc.
 • Knowledge of probability and statistics, data analysis, design of experiments.
 • Familiarity with chemical analytical equipment including GC-FID, GC-MS, electrochemical and optical sensors, calorimeters, and other basic laboratory testing.
 • Basic knowledge of electronic systems and troubleshooting (use of DVM, oscilloscope, etc.)
 • Basic knowledge of sensor systems, pumps, blowers, switches, etc. for configuring hardware.
 • Basic knowledge in system process control & automation and reading P&ID diagrams.
 • Demonstrated writing skills in English.
 • MS Office Suite.
 • Ability to work collaboratively.
 • Strong interest in renewable energy systems.
 • Ability to work in a team to deliver on time-sensitive projects with high visibility.
 • Ability to lift 30 pounds and sit and stand for extended periods of time.

Annual Salary: $80-120k DOE

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. 
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