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Expert Bioprocess Engineer

Expert Bioprocess Engineer

  • Location United States of America - California - San Diego, United States of America - Illinois - Chicago
  • Travel required Up to 10% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available This role is eligible for relocation within country
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ067072
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary


Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group:

Research & Technology Group

Job Summary:

This is an opportunity to join us in creating, growing, and delivering innovation to reimagine energy for people and our planet.

The advanced bio & physical sciences for low carbon energy team is the central research organisation for biosciences, chemistry, materials sciences, fundamental biofuels pathways, green hydrogen/ electrochemistry, and the science of carbon capture. This team also incorporates computational modelling of biosciences and chemistry.

The Biosciences Center (BSC) works to identify current opportunities and assess future opportunities across the range of bp’s businesses, supporting bp’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner. The Center stays closely connected to bp businesses and external technologies, and ensures the expertise required to progress opportunities through the early stages of technology development. The Center also advises businesses on biological issues and partnership opportunities. The team is comprised of flexible, agile, multi-skilled, innovative members that work collaboratively across the research portfolio.

This position will report to the Senior Manager for US Bioenergies and will develop new strategies in second generation (2G) biofuels production by developing conceptual designs. This role will also be closely associated with our engineering scale-up team, who are looking at pathways related to biomass conversion. Given the breadth of biofuel production opportunities, the successful candidate will have prior experience in both biochemical and thermochemical conversion technologies. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a deep technical understanding of integrating biomass deconstruction with biological upgrading processes.

Job Description:

Key accountabilities

  • Serve as subject matter expert in 2G biofuels production strategies.
  • Take the technical lead in early technology appraisal studies and/or due diligence studies, including techno-economic assessments related to all conversion strategies.
  • Lead efforts to develop new conceptual models to deliver insight into research programmes.
  • Design detailed experimental plans and analyze the results from R&D demonstrations.
  • Serve as a link to other biosciences capability teams, synthetic biology, biochemistry/ enzymology, microbiology and analytical.
  • Promote safety initiatives and champion compliance with bp’s Code of Conduct.
  • Attention to detail and trouble-shooting skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, both independently and within a project team
  • Understand business needs. SLead efforts to set effective strategies for internal capability development, external collaboration partners and 3rd party toll manufactures.

Essential criteria and qualifications:

  • Education: Masters/PhD degree (with 12+ years) (or bachelors with relevant experience) from the following fields: bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related fields. Experience proven by a track record of publications or through relevant job experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of process design, economic analysis, thermodynamics, heat and material balances.
  • Expert in process simulation - including detailed use of ASPEN or PETROSIM
  • Advanced understanding of biomass conversion pathways and critical processing steps including biomass deconstruction, biological upgrading of intermediates, and chemical catalytic conversion is required. A basic understanding of additional conversion technologies such as gasification and pyrolysis is also desired.
  • Demonstrated field experience at various scales – from laboratory to commercial – with experience starting up first-of-a-kind process technology / integration.
  • Extensive proven experience assessing a range of technology options with respect to economics, scale-up risks and uncertainties, and technical readiness levels.

Desirable criteria

  • Basic understanding of life cycle assessment and current policies for low-carbon energy strategies.
  • Outstanding inter-disciplinary problem solving and critical thinking skills, with a passion for scientific innovation and low carbon technology. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with technical experts and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experience and ability to work optimally in a multi-tasking, fast pace, and matrix environment, with skills on prioritizing, delivery and being flexible in response to change.
  • Ability to provide expert advice and clear recommendations, and to propose insights and develop solutions to sophisticated problems.
  • Demonstrated elements of leadership, especially with external technology providers, to drive delivery of a program.


  • Travel – up to 15%.

How much do we pay (Base)?

$141,000 - $261,000

*Note that the base pay range listed for this position is a good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible base compensation at the time of posting.

We offer a reward and wellbeing package to enable your work to fit with your life. These can include, but are not limited to, access to health, vision and dental insurance, flexible working schedule, paid time off policy, discretionary annual bonus program, long-term incentive program, and a generous 401K matching program.  You may learn more about our generous benefits at benefits@bp.

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion:

At bp you have the opportunity to be part of Business Resource Groups (BRGs) which believe in the power of inclusion, deeper connections, and shared experiences. They provide a place for employees to learn and share knowledge, to connect, and to improve. The BRGs focus on and encourage talent engagement, development, and retention while creating a broadened sense of community and inclusion for bp employees. The groups cultivate leadership growth by involving employees in developmental opportunities they would not otherwise have access to. Formal and informal mentoring also help employees develop their professional goals and connect with colleagues. The BRGs’ commitment to growth at all levels helps employees feel more engaged and energized. The BRGs break down barriers so we can all do better together. Examples of BRGs include (but are not limited to):

  • bpWIN (bp Women’s International Network)
  • Pride
  • Working parents
  • PEN (Positively Ethnic Network)
  • bpInclusia (bp’s Asian community)
  • bpEnergía (bp’s Latin community)

Why join us

At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and exciting environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, and excellent retirement benefits, among others!

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Travel Requirement

Up to 10% travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is eligible for relocation within country

Remote Type:

This position is not available for remote working


Agility core practices, Agility core practices, Analytical Thinking, Bioprocess Design, Catalysis, Chemical kinetic modelling, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Innovation, Curiosity, Experimental Design, Industry technology knowledge, Intellectual Asset Management, Life cycle and circularity, Multi-physics modelling, New process technology scale-up, Novel process development, Pilot and demonstration plant operation, Presenting, Problem Solving, Process Safety Engineering, Science and Technology Leadership, Scientific publication, Talent Matching, Technoeconomic evaluation of processes {+ 1 more}

Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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