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23 May 2019

Full-Time Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, University of Illinois U-C – Posted by emberton Urbana, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences


This position will join an energetic and growing team in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, a new facility on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus designed to scale bioprocessing technologies and help bridge the gap between academic research and industrial commercialization. This program and pilot plant facilities are uniquely designed to work closely with industry and faculty on research and scale-up activities above the typical benchtop work done on campus.


Title of Position:  Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist


Appointment Status: Full-time, 12 month professional position



Primary Function of Position:

The primary responsibility of the Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist is to manage and perform research, education, and technical work in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) analytical laboratory.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


Organizational Chart:

Dean, College of ACES

ABE Department Head and IBRL Director

Assistant Director of Food and Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Operations

Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct analyses and assays of samples provided by students, researchers, and industry partners utilizing the IBRL facility.
  • Laboratory preparations for pilot plant projects such as media, seed cultures, sterilized glassware.
  • Consolidate data and write report of findings. Organize, package and prepare final samples for shipment as required per project.
  • Supervise and perform the day-to-day work, operations, organization, and safety oversight of the IBRL analytical laboratory.  Schedule and prepare for trials by students, faculty, and outside researchers to maintain a clean and organized laboratory.
  • Oversee installation, maintenance, and training programs of research equipment, working with outside resources as necessary to ensure functionality for users. Make recommendations for facility and equipment repairs, improvements, and upgrades.
  • Provide expertise to faculty, students, and outside users of the IBRL and laboratory to ensure safe and successful use of facility equipment.
  • Provide technical training in equipment operation and research methodology/data analysis.
  • Assist in maintaining and enforcing written operating and safety procedures for the IBRL-PPP and laboratory.  Provide regular, documented safety training 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.
  • Assist with inventory tracking and property accounting audits for the IBRL-PPP and laboratory.  Ensure consumable supplies are maintained and available for users of the facility.
  • Assist in development of IBRL laboratory costing strategies, maintain records, and assist in inspections or audits as required.
  • Carefully manage allocated budgets/resources and project future needs to benefit IBRL and laboratory operations.
  • Represent Department and College at conferences, meetings, and other related activities as requested.
  • Coordinate with other IBRL technical specialists on activities in the IBRL pilot plant and laboratory.  Maintain knowledge of procedures and equipment in both spaces to serve as backup to other members on team.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Salary or range for position:

Commensurate with education and/or experience



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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food Science, or closely related field
  • 2+ years of experience in laboratory setting with common lab equipment and procedures
  • 1-2 years of experience running HPLC, GC, ICP, Dumas Nitrogen, or other comparable assays
  • Experience with fermentation, bacterial/yeast cultures, and common microbiology practices including keeping sterile cultures and work spaces
  • Ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair common laboratory equipment
  • Knowledge of/experience with research principles, research methodology, and analyzing/interpreting research data
  • 1-2 years of work experience in supervising and training others in an educational environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in forming and maintaining professional relationships in an academic and corporate environment


Preferred education and work experience:

  • Advanced degree in Chemistry, Biology, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food Science, or closely related field
  • 5+ years of experience working in a laboratory setting focused on supporting bioprocessing research
  • Experience working with both aerobic and anaerobic organisms
  • Knowledge and understanding of common food, chemical, and bioenergy industry processing techniques, GMPs, plant safety, and pilot scale processing equipment



Anticipated start date, as soon as possible after the closing date.


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


How to Apply

Applications: Apply at with a cover letter and current resume along with names and contact information of 3 references. To ensure full consideration, all documents must be received by June 7, 2019. Please contact Jamie Price at [email protected] with questions.    

Job Categories: Technician. Job Types: Full-Time.

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