Mechanical Process Engineer

Danimer Scientific Bel Air , KY 40391

Posted 2 months ago

  • Summary and Purpose

Danimer is seeking a Biochemical Process Engineer with experience developing and optimizing microbial fermentation processes. The ideal candidate will process a strong background in fermentation science, fermentation process technologies, statistical data analysis, and process instrumentation controls. The candidate will have a working knowledge of biochemistry, microbial physiology and biosynthetic pathways. This position interacts with engineers, technicians, scientists, managers, and suppliers, among others, to ensure accurate and timely completion of plant objectives.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with fellow engineers, scientists, and technicians to ensure that experiments are designed and executed effectively at pilot scale (150-20,000 L) or commercial scale (90,000-265,000 L)

  • Works collaboratively with the R&D team to evaluate strains by comparing performance to commercial metrics.

  • Leads plant data collection, organization, and statistical analysis.

  • Analyzes production data to identify root cause for failures.

  • Identifies opportunities to improve production efficiency (cost, yield, etc.)

  • Develops and improves documentation including SOPs, batch logs, and other technical documentation to drive continuous improvement. Provides training on updated documents as needed.

  • Develops and maintains process specifications, P&IDs , PFDs, material balances, and other key technical documents.

  • Leads and mentors other engineers and technicians.

  • Models guidelines set-out for good housekeeping, GMPs, quality, and safety.

  • Acts as front-line technical liaison between the plant and stakeholders by effectively communicating project updates.

  • Participates in the design, construction, and start-up of new equipment, including technology transfer and support of new company facilities.

Education and Experience

MS/BS with 2 to 5+ years of relevant experience in Chemical, Biochemical or Food Engineering. Would also consider Biochemistry with experience in a manufacturing environment. Work experience with microbiology, fermentation, and bioprocess equipment is strongly preferred.

Required Skills

  • Hands-on experience in operating fermentors in a lab or an industrial setting

  • Demonstrated understanding of key parameters for designing scale-up/scale-down experiments

  • Maintains current knowledge of process technologies (fermentor design, process instrumentations, industrial controls, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of process instrumentation including pH, DO, and other key instrumentation relevant to fermentor operations; understands common failure modes and corrective measures

  • Exercises sound judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

  • Experience scoping, developing and implementing capital projects

  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams (R&D, Pilot Plant, Project Engineering, Manufacturing) to drive project results

Desired Skills

  • Experience using the design of experiment (DoE) methodology for the optimization and characterization of processes.

  • Working knowledge of analytical methods used to measure primary and secondary metabolites.

  • Experience developing, improving, troubleshooting and transferring new processes to manufacturing.

  • Experience with controls and automation software: Rockwell PLC, DeltaV, etc.

  • Applied project management experience.

Soft Skills

  • Must be collaborative and able to openly engage with colleagues to achieve project goals.

  • Must be a quick learner who is self-motivated and able to ask questions and seek clarity.

  • Must be very well-organized and be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Must be flexible with day-to-day duties and able to thrive in a dynamic environment.

  • Must hold him or herself to the highest professional, scientific and ethical standards.

  • Able to translate difficult technical concepts to broader audience

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed in a an industrial environment, including hands-on operation of fermentors and process equipment. In the industrial setting will result in exposure to hot and cold temperatures, noise, fumes, limited dust, and chemical agents.

  • Work is performed using office equipment with substantial time spent working on a computer. Requires sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate computer keyboard and other office and laboratory equipment.

  • Requires walking, climbing stairs and ladders, bending and occasional lifting of material up to fifty (50) pounds

  • Performance of this position will require exposure to laboratory hazards which require the use of personal protective equipment.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Must be willing to work non-standard hours supporting a 24/7 operation including weekends as necessary.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance (if applicable)

Must be authorized to work in the United States.

will require exposure to laboratory hazards which require the use of personal protective equipment

Danimer Scientific is a pioneer in creating more sustainable, more natural ways to make plastic products. For more than a decade, our renewable and sustainable biopolymers have helped create plastic products that are biodegradable and compostable. They return to nature instead of polluting our lands and waters.

Our technology can be found in a vast array of plastic end products that people use every day. Applications for our biopolymers include additives, aqueous coatings, fibers, filaments, films, hot-melt adhesives and injection-molded articles, among others. These products offer all the advantages of our bioplastics, including:

  • Reduced dependency on petrochemicals

  • Adherence to ASTM and EN requirements for biodegradability and compostability

  • FDA approved for food contact

  • Biodegradation in a fraction of the time it takes for petro-based plastic decomposition

  • Virtually no carbon footprint

Our Mission Statement:

Out of concern for the environment, Danimer Scientific provides sustainable biopolymer solutions to plastic pollution, through innovative technologies.

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