Project Manager/Senior Scientist

Skokie, IL
Full Time
Experienced

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 www.LanzaTech.com and download/stream our latest CarbonSmartTM Podcast on AppleGoogleSpotify 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 Project Manager/Senior Scientist will be responsible for leading metabolic engineering efforts and cross-functional project teams working on expanding LanzaTech’s product portfolio towards target molecules of interest. Key responsibilities will be development and optimization of engineered strains for high yield production and ensure successful transition into a process and scale up. The successful candidate will be leading the development of research plans and priorities, develop and implement metabolic engineering strategies, guide metabolic engineering scientists and research associates, track progress against target metrics and timelines, coordinating cross-functional efforts between cross-functional teams and various external stakeholders.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement metabolic engineering strategies and research plans to improve productivity and yield of engineered production strains for production of desired target molecules.
  • Oversight, guidance and training of scientists, research associates, technicians, and interns.
  • Lead cross-functional project teams and work collaboratively across multiple teams at LanzaTech (including automation, enzymology, host engineering, fermentation, modelling & AI, computational biology, analytics, process integration and engineering). Lead and optimize handoff between different teams and provide updates to teams.
  • Develop and communicate research plans and design of genetic constructs, pathways and experiments.
  • Contribute to general synthetic biology workflow improvements and standardization.
  • Lead interactions with internal (project steering committee, management team) and external stakeholders (customers, collaborators).
  • Develop internal and external project proposals and identify, establish and lead external partnerships.
  • Use of laboratory management systems, in-house experimental design tools, and computational tools to improve efficiency in design, execution, and interpretation of experiments. Maintain an up-to-date laboratory notebook tracking experiments, data, and interpretation of results.
  • Stay up-to-date with advancements in field. Present findings and developments both internally to LanzaTech teams and externally to customers. Represent LanzaTech at international conferences.
  • Attend seminars and participate in group and project meetings or lab activities as required.
  • Establish and write standard operating procedures (SOPs) for laboratory workflows. Instruct and advise LanzaTech colleagues on established workflows.
  • Follow all safety requirements for working in the offices and laboratories, including completing any required trainings. Maintain a clean and functional laboratory space.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering or related field and 3+ years of post-graduation experience (highly preferred industry experience)

Location

  • LanzaTech Headquarters
  • Skokie, IL USA
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