Job Opportunities in ABE

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Below are current position listings open in the Department of ABE. To view the full description and submit an application, please visit: jobs.illinois.edu.
The University is an AA-EOE.

Pilot Plant Specialist (Bioprocessing)

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Specialist is to manage and perform technical work in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) Pilot Processing Plant. This is a full-time, 12-month, academic professional position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in development of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory Pilot Processing Plant (IBRL-PPP) by providing updated information related to costing strategies, maintaining records, and assisting in audits as required.
  • Assist in the management and allocation of budgets/resources and the projection of future needs to benefit IBRL-PPP operations.
  • Supervise and perform the day-to-day work, operations, and safety oversight of the IBRL-PPP.  Schedule and prepare for processing trials by students, faculty, and outside researchers.
  • Assist with inventory tracking and property accounting audits for the IBRL-PPP.  Ensure consumable supplies are maintained and available for users of the facility.
  • Develop and implement technical training in the areas of equipment operation, IBRL-PPP safety, and research methodology/data analysis as it pertains to IBRL-PPP scale-up and testing.
  • Oversee installation, maintenance, and training programs of research equipment, working with University personnel and outside contractors as necessary to ensure functionality for users.
  • Provide expertise to faculty, students, and outside users of the IBRL-PPP to ensure safe and successful use of facility equipment.
  • Oversee equipment and light facility repairs in the IBRL-PPP.  Make recommendations for facility and equipment repairs, improvements, and upgrades.
  • Maintain IBRL-PPP to industry GMP standards (non-food grade).  Assist in creation of and enforce written operating and safety procedures for the IBRL-PPP.  Participate in any inspections or audits of the IBRL-PPP.
  • Assist in creation of and implement the IBRL-PPP safety plan.  Provide regular, documented safety trainings and ensure a culture of safety is maintained for all users of the facility to provide a safe and secure work environment.  Make recommendations to improve safety of facility.
  • Consult with research personnel and staff on experiment and/or process-specific equipment and safety needs.
  • Represent Department and College at conferences, meetings, and other related activities as requested.
  • Coordinate with and assist the IBRL Analytical Lab Specialist with any activities requiring use of both spaces.  Maintain knowledge of IBRL Analytical Lab procedures and equipment to serve as emergency backup.
  • Serve as backup IBRL 24/7 emergency contact for Public Safety and Facilities and Services
  • Pursue ongoing professional development.  Stay abreast of developing processing technologies, industry product trends, and safety programs.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Minimum education and work experience (including years) to qualify for the position

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Technical Systems Management, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, or closely related field
  • 1-3 years of work experience in supervising and training others in an educational environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of common food, chemical, and bioenergy industry processing techniques, GMPs, plant safety, and pilot scale processing equipment
  • Ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair industrial processing equipment
  • Knowledge of/experience with research principles, research methodology, and analyzing/interpreting research data
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in forming and maintaining professional relationships in an academic and corporate environment
  • Hold or have ability to obtain Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification

 

Preferred education and work experience (including years) to qualify for the position

  • Master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Technical Systems Management, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, or closely related field
  • 3-5 years of experience working in a pilot-scale R&D laboratory, particularly in a process or product development capacity

 

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with education and/or experience.

Anticipated Starting Date

December 4th, 2017

Applications

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 16, 2017. Please create your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu/ and upload a letter of application/interest, curriculum vita and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, fax, email) in one document, by close of business on November 16, 2017. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.

For further information, contact the search coordinator, Jamie Price, via e-mail (emberton@illinois.edu).

The university conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

 

Graduate Student Assistantships

Position Summary

Assistantships are available for students interested in pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois. The projects are related to livestock animal mortality and waste management/utilization.  The goals of the projects are to convert animal wastes to value-added products and energy, to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, and to minimize adverse impacts of waste management on the environment.

Desired Skills for MS student

BS degree in biological, agricultural or a closely related engineering field

Familiarity with biochemical degradation processes (composting, fermentation, anaerobic digestion)

Interest in conducting applied research

Excellent communication and problem solving skills

Bonus skill: Experience with data acquisition systems  

Desired Skills for PhD student

MS degree in biological, agricultural or a closely related engineering field

Experience with biochemical degradation processes (composting, fermentation, anaerobic digestion)

Interest in conducting applied research and extension projects

Completed two statistical courses and published at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal

Excellent communication and problem solving skills

Bonus skill: Experience with data acquisition systems  

Anticipated Starting Date

2018 Spring Semester

Interested qualified applicants should immediately contact:

Dr. Neslihan Akdeniz, Clinical Assistant Professor
E-mail: neslihan@illinois.edu Phone: 217 300 2644