Instrumentation Engineer

Skokie, IL - Full Time

Welcome to the Post Pollution Future with LanzaTech

A post-pollution world is inevitable, and people will either be part of it, or the planet will go on without us. At LanzaTech, our technology platform is transforming waste carbon into everyday products, to meet the needs of this moment. Our science is state-of-the-art, but the idea is simple. We use nature to heal nature. We capture carbon emissions which are then fed into bioreactors where trillions of carbon-hungry microbes go to work. These tiny dynamos consume the waste gases and produce valuable raw material commodities. Pure enough to be resold, repurposed, and recycled again — from sustainable jet fuel to beverage bottles, to yoga pants.

Founded in New Zealand, we are a global women-led company with an international footprint and a diverse employee population. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are a key part of our mission and core values which we show through our hiring, our leadership, our efforts to educate internally and willingness to learn.

In addition, we have announced our plan to merge with AMCI Acquisition Corp. II and expect to become a publicly traded company on Nasdaq. Come join the team as we strive to make a Post Pollution Future!

Exciting collaborations with LanzaTech (LT) CarbonSmartTM Products:

  • 2022 – Coty, Inc. – LT recycled carbon ethanol to be used in majority of fragrance portfolio by 2023
  • 2021 – ZARA – cutting edge, high fashion black dresses made from LT recycled carbon
  • 2021 – lululemon – sports apparel made from LT Recycled carbon
  • 2021 – L’Oréal – partnership to make packaging with LT recycled carbon

Notable acknowledgments:

  • 2021 – Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 – Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 – Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 – CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list

Interested in learning more? Visit us at and download/stream our latest CarbonSmartTM Podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you receive your podcasts!

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.

About the role

The role will be focused on maintaining our R&D lab control applications. Working with internal teams, computational biologists, and fermentation scientists across the organization, you will employ your Electrical and programming skills to:

  • To support daily needs and enhance new features to our automation software. Work with the scientist to make the software more user friendly and more scalable to the needs of future.
  • You are a team player who scrupulously documents your work. You are passionate about automating the data you work with and keen on learning new technologies. You thrive in an agile goal-oriented environment.  You are customer oriented.
  • You are familiar with basic electrical and software concepts. You will work with research and industrial equipment to capture data into sophisticated Information management system.

Key duties

  • Work with scientists in a laboratory environment, developing and supporting programs and services to setup communication between reactors, analytical instruments and other R&D devices
  • Manage datalogging and control applications using software platforms such as C# .NET, LabVIEW and python.
  • Setting up sensors and actuators based on 4-20mA wiring, RS232, RS485, OPC DA, OPC UA communication protocols.
  • Support installation of small lab scale bench-top bioreactor systems and instrumentation to larger biocontrol systems using industrial controllers such as AB PLC’s, and NI cRIO.
  • Carry out integration of instrumentation with software C#, LabVIEW, python, SQL.
  • Develop and document control logic diagrams and functional descriptions.
  • Set up data acquisition systems, including analytical instrumentation communications.
  • Maintain infrastructure which collects and inserts data into LIMS system

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree in Electronics, Electrical, Electrical and Computer Engineering or equivalent experience and professional certifications. (Bootcamp graduates are encouraged to apply) .
  • Proficient in LabVIEW programming language.
  • Experience and knowledge in with Industrial Communication protocols, REST, Ethernet IP, OPC, Modbus, and other industrial communications protocols.
  • Experience with designing and programming Compact RIO control systems and PLC’s
  • Feedback and feedforward control methodology knowledge.
  • Experience and knowledge in data acquisition and OPC communications.
  • Understand P&IDs and electrical schematics.
  • 2+ year of programming experience in C# or python, LabVIEW, logix 5000 is a plus, and is willing to pick up a new language.
  • Experience working with SQL databases. MSSQL preferred.
  • Basic understanding or willingness to learn Industrial communication standards like OPC, Modbus and other low-level protocols is necessary.
  • Interest in understanding and integrating hardware with software
  • Familiar with Software development Life Cycle.
  • Experience working on large relational database schema or LIMS system is preferred but not necessary.
  • Team player balanced with strong individual initiative.
  • Scrupulous documentation & excellent communication
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