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Senior Process Engineer

About LanzaTech 
LanzaTech is turning our global carbon crisis into a feedstock opportunity, with the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%. LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto a steel mill’s emission source, and instead of using sugars and yeast to brew beer, bacteria ferments pollution into products! Imagine a day when you can power a plane by recycled carbon emissions and when your yoga pants or sneakers started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology, with the first 2 commercial units converting steel mill waste gases to fuels being built in China with Shougang and in Belgium with the world’s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal. LanzaTech has an additional 3 commercial projects in the pipeline, in India, South Africa and California. LanzaTech has already produced synthetic jet fuel from recycled carbon emissions and has a partnership with Virgin Atlantic.

In March 2018, LanzaTech was recognized as the #1 Hottest company in the Advanced Bioeconomy for the third time by Biofuels Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The company was also inaugurated into the Cleantech100 Hall of Fame, having been listed in the top 100 cleantech companies over the last 7 years. In 2016, the company won the Young Global Leader Award for Circular Economy at the World Economic Forum, LanzaTech was also the top biofuels company in the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Companies list. In 2015, LanzaTech was awarded the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways. The company’s accomplishments were recognized through a number of prestigious awards in 2014, including the Guardian Sustainable Business Innovation Award for Carbon and Energy Management, Breakthrough Innovation Award at the Platts Global Metals Awards, and the Technical Development Award from the World Petroleum Council. In 2013, the company was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. 

Position Summary 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior or Principal Chemical Process Engineer. The individual selected for this position will lead the modeling and process engineering efforts to upgrade the products from LanzaTech’s gas fermentation technology to commercialize chemicals and fuels. Determining the needed process intensification, and combining with established refining and petrochemical processing principles will lead to LanzaTech’s ability to scale up and commercialize new product technologies. Initial responsibilities include project ownership for the chemical process design, modeling, intensification and project integration for upgrading of gas fermentation products. This position will participate on cross-functional global teams with Catalytic Conversion, Engineering, Fermentation and Synthetic Biology.

Specific Roles

  • Lead the process modeling, engineering and intensification efforts to upgrade products from LanzaTech’s gas fermentation technology to commercial chemicals and fuels.
  • Determine needed process intensification combined with established refining and petrochemical processing to upgrade gas fermentation products (e.g. butanediol, alcohols and ketones to higher value molecules), separate reactive molecules from fermentation broth, continue scale up of and development of high-value co-products from LanzaTech’s alcohol-to-jet process.
  • Establish process design, develop process options, and produce models and simulations to evaluate designs using HYSYS or similar software.
  • Collaborate internally and externally to establish experimental validation of modeling and process design at the lab or pilot scale.
  • Provide comprehensive understanding of principles, theories, concepts, and industry practices and standards and their application; independently apply advanced engineering techniques.
  • Accountable for performing all aspects of engineering and design. Develops models and process designs that require innovation and ingenuity.
  • Calculate and organize data for process flow sheets including instrumentation and control considerations.
  • Develop process flow diagrams to define heat and material balance.
  • Maintain effective communication with project team members and with the customer.
  • Work with internal and external customers to identify, evaluate and optimize process solutions related to process modeling, R&D, optimization, design, costing and implementation.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering or related engineering or science
  • 10+ years of process experience in Refining or Petrochemicals with process modeling software including Aspen Plus, HYSYS, or similar modeling software
  • Team player that thrives in a cutting edge, fast paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Detail-oriented and experienced in communicating instructions to other team members
  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills
  • Advanced MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in design, execution and analysis of experiments or scale up of processes
  • Demonstrated experience in process intensification both equipment and methodology including sustainability

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.

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