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    Summary

    The incumbent is a Research Chemical Engineer/Chemist in the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Renewable Product Technology (RPT) Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois. The overall mission of RPT is to develop technologies that employ a variety of chemical, microbial, biochemical, and genetic approaches for converting agricultural materials into new marketable value-added bioproducts. This research is a component of the ARS National Program 306-Product Quality and New Uses.

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    Responsibilities

    • Develop new biocatalytic and/or chemocatalytic processes for production of commercially viable value-added products (e.g., chemicals, polymers, and antimicrobials) from commodity crops, crop oils, coproducts, and/or agricultural residues.
    • Use state of the art chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, enzymology, molecular biology, physical and analytical methodologies, and/or engineering technologies to synthesize bioproducts.
    • Optimize processes to maximize yield and purity of bioproducts to commercially feasible levels by relying on available or new technologies.
    • Establish collaborations with government, academic, and industrial scientists to continually advance research progress.
    • Develop a stakeholder base of biorefining and commercial partners to advocate for enhancing the research program and to enable commercialization of new products.
    • Prepare written reports and presentations based on research to be peer-reviewed and published in professional articles, publications, patents, and technical abstracts.
    • Develop and write project plans, technology transfer agreements, and extramural research grant proposals that enhance goals to address research priorities.
    • Provide leadership and direction to employee(s) through research meetings, discussions, and counseling.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local, domestic and international travel is required for field/farm work and to attend trainings, scientific meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

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