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Sr. Process Development Engineer I/II

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San Diego, California, United States (hybrid)
30+ days ago


We seek a highly motivated Senior Process Development Engineer to provide bioprocess design expertise for the development and deployment of novel biobased chemical processes. This high impact position will work within our process development and modeling team, interface with R&D, licensing, business, and commercial functions to develop and evaluate novel bioprocess technology conceptual design packages supporting commercialization of technology including licensing, capital projects, and commercial manufacturing.  The Senior Process Development Engineer will also play a key role evaluating specific unit operation for specific bioprocess technology scaling-up from lab to pilot and demonstration scales, supporting technology transfer, pilot and demonstration campaign and interfacing with CMOs (contract manufacturing organizations), commercial partners, engineering firms, equipment manufacturers and customers.  Strong communication skills are a must, as this position will interact internally with multiple functions and externally with current and prospective partners and separation technology companies. Candidates who can demonstrate previous high performance leading the development and design and industrial fermentation and downstream processes are desired, especially in the oleochemical space. This position is located in San Diego, CA.


  • Develop and scale up novel industrial bioprocesses, build bioprocess designs with the associate process models and analysis for commercialization of industrial biotechnologies. This includes process design, process modeling and techno-economic analysis using Aspen, Hysys, SuperPro, Excel, or other modeling tools. 
  • Key contributor to bioprocess technology selection and evaluation including unit operation optimization, scale-up/scale-down analysis including experiment design and planning and data analysis.
  • Evaluate process kinetics through targeted experiments and model development to allow optimization of specific unit operations and ensure key kinetic impacts are properly accounted for in process simulations that will underpin the translation of conceptual designs to technology BoD (basis of design).
  • Develop technology transfer packages, support and lead execution of technology transfer, scale-up activities, and pilot and demonstration campaigns.
  • Interact with licensing/commercial engineering, business and commercial functions to incorporate feedback from internal and external stakeholders, partners, licensees, and separation technology companies into bioprocess development and technology conceptual designs.
  • Participate with R&D project teams in the analysis and interpretation of experimental results, process simulations and modeling, and technology advancement. Synthesize study results and provide recommendations for further development, intellectual property opportunities, and improvement opportunities.
  • Lead project teams in the development and execution of project scope, goals, deliverables, resources and timeline in support of business goals, in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders; effectively communicate project expectations, results and status to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
  • Mentor junior level personnel.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65397845
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    San Diego, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Genomatica
  • Position Title: Sr. Process Development Engineer I/II
  • Industry: Biotechnology & Life Science,Energy,Process Systems Design,Research & Development,Speciality Chemicals
  • Job Function: Process Eng/Design & Development
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Degree Required: Masters
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
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