Job Opportunities in IBRL

 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


To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 16, 2017. Please create your candidate profile at 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 (

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