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Lab & Research Spec II

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Virginia Seafood AREC
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Lab and Research Specialist II will support development, implementation, management, and oversight of an Alternative Protein program, focusing on bioprocessing, fermentation, and extruder-based approaches under the Future Foods Lab and Cellular Agriculture Initiative at Virginia Tech. As an integral member of a joint Virginia Seafood AREC and Department of Biological Systems Engineering research team, the successful candidate will collaborate closely with team investigators, conduct and oversee research activities, supervise students, and engage with external partners to ensure successful establishment and future expansion of a world-class Alternative Protein program. The primary location for program research activities is the 3,227 square-feet pilot laboratory in Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building I on the main campus of Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

An Associates or Bachelor's degree in Food Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, and Bioprocess Engineering or a closely related field or relevant equivalent experience/training is required. Experience in bioprocessing, protein extraction, biomass conversion, and biomaterials development, and strong written and oral communication skills are required.

Must already be able to work legally in the US.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree is preferred. Experience in working with extruders, bioreactors, fermenters, proteins, and on multi-disciplinary research projects; self-motivated, and a team player. Working experience in plant-based proteins, enzymatic hydrolysis, protein modification, and extraction are highly preferred.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Review Date

July 11, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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