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1. Sr. Bioprocess Engineer (Fermentation & Purification) — Ann Arbor, MI

Role & Responsibilities

This position is full-time. The Sr. Bioprocess Engineer serves as a senior member of a three-person process development and engineering team. They are responsible for planning and coordinating various activities and developing and mentoring junior staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Driving development and optimization of fermentation and downstream purification processes for multiple biopolymer products to achieve target fermentation metrics and product specifications.

  • Leading process modeling and technoeconomic analyses (TEA) / life cycle analyses (LCA) activities.

  • Leading scale-up and pilot-plant build-out and operation activities, including instrumentation and equipment design/specification, site planning and environmental/code compliance, and process HAZOPs and risk identification and mitigation activities.

  • Managing the development of process books and technology transfer to partners and/or contract manufacturers.

  • Attending periodic conferences and trade shows as a representative of Ecovia Renewables.


The following qualifications are required:

  • Degree in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, or related field, with relevant work experience in chemical, biochemical, or life science industries:

    • B.S. with 8 or more years industry experience; OR

    • M.S. with 6 or more years industry experience; OR

    • Ph.D. with 4 or more years industry experience

  • Successful track-record of developing and commercializing fermentation processes.

  • Expertise in design-of-experiments studies and other optimization approaches to reduce cost of goods sold and enhance product quality.

  • Expertise in scale-up / scale-down approaches.

  • Experience with pilot or commercial scale process design and operation.

  • Experience with technology transfer and support of production processes at customer, partner, and/or contract manufacturing facilities.

The following experiences/skills are preferred:

  • Experience with development and scale-up of high viscosity fermentation processes.

  • Experience with process modeling and analysis with SuperPro Designer software

  • Familiarity with food and/or cosmetics GMP requirements

  • Polymer chemistry and processing experience, including production of water-soluble polymers or hydrogel materials.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative multi-disciplinary environment, both internally and with commercial partners.


Ecovia offers a competitive benefits package. This includes stock options for all employees, 401(k) plan (if eligible), and medical coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. We also offer dental, vision, disability, and group life insurance.

Application Process

Please send resume/CV and cover letter to careers@ecoviarenewables.com.


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