Process Engineer

Engineering · San Francisco East Bay Area, California, California
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

ABOUT KIVERDI


Kiverdi is an innovative biotech disruptor.  Our mission is to impact climate change by revolutionizing how we make everyday products.


Our NASA-inspired technology uses microbes to transform CO2 into protein, high-value oils, nutrients, and bio-based products. 


The products we produce can be used in a wide range of sustainably-sourced applications. By recycling carbon dioxide, we bridge the gap between sustainability and profitability, enabling a future of abundance.  Our current solutions include Air Protein (a subsidiary of Kiverdi), Revive Soil, CO2 AquaFeed and Reverse Plastics.


ABOUT THE JOB


Kiverdi is seeking a hardworking, determined, and highly-technical Process Engineer to join our growing team of talented individuals. The successful candidate will be aiding in the implementation of a systematic and reliable scale-up criteria, that will help reach the organization’s vision of scaling the delivery of manufacturing process design.


The Process Engineer will work to improve the processes & process control understanding, minimize development time, and increase the reliance on fundamental scientific & engineering principles to make decisions and analyze risks.  In addition, we want you to help us improve the confidence in our ability to scale processes.

 

  • Combine technical knowledge of existing products and processes in order to guide project opportunities.
  • List the process variables, parameters, and material attributes associated with; design and control of processes, unit operations, various operating principles & equipment types common to food processing, solid/semi-solid oral dosage form pharmaceuticals, and any potential future businesses (examples below)
  • Provide guidance on scale-up rules and considerations for these operations and associated equipment types, including but not limited to; reasonable range of scalability (extent of change in batch size/volume/throughput rate applicable from information at any particular scale), necessity for empirical data (i.e. pilot plant) vs. use of material properties & models, etc.
  • Define dimensionless/scale-invariant numbers/groups for each unit operation or equipment type to be used for process design & development, such as; the design of experiments used to determine criticality of process parameters, and strategies to control critical quality attributes (CQAs) of process outputs & final products.
  • Support engineers with technical project execution, plant production trials and product evaluations.
  • Guide cross-functional teams on executing technical projects and developing root cause analysis / corrective actions for ongoing manufacturing issues, using established project management and continuous improvement methodologies. 
  • Implement process improvements and validate that success criteria have been met.
  • Provide equipment recommendations and methods to optimize operations.
  • Prepare written processing requirements/specifications and standards for new and revised processes to meet product specifications.
  • Prepare process design criteria documents.
  • Assist with conducting process training seminars with supervisors and operators and developing standard operating procedures.
  • Support best practice sharing across supply chain networks.
  • Optimize unit processes and operations, in which multiple unit operations and transport phenomena can be executed by a single piece of equipment: · Granulation (mixing, drying, phase/pressure/temperature changes),  Extrusion (high temperature/short time cooking, conveying, kneading/mixing, heating, cooling, forming).



ABOUT YOU


  • Bachelor of Science degree, with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Science/Engineering, Bio-engineering or any related degree.
  • Have updated working knowledge of the Foods or Biotechnology Industry.
  • 4 +years of work experience in manufacturing/production/engineering.
  • Ability to understand root causes of problems and develop solutions is critical to success. 
  • Ability to use fact based reasoning and recommendations, essential to optimizing process variables and systems.
  • Highly effective communication skills, with the ability to modify communications approach to current team members.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, in addition to interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to work closely with the plant leadership and processing floor to understand equipment variables and equipment operations.
  • Understanding of basic project management principles


Kiverdi is an equal opportunity employer.


Disclaimer:  This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed, and it is not intended to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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  • Location
    San Francisco East Bay Area, California, California
  • Department
    Engineering
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced