ADM Process Development Scientist/Engineer: Separation- Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois

Job Title:

Process Development Scientist/Engineer: Separation- Decatur, IL

Department/Function:

Research & Development

Job Description:

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at www.adm.com .

Process Development Scientist/Engineer: Separation Science- Decatur, IL

This is an exempt level position.

Position summary:

The Process Development Scientist/Engineer will be responsible for leading the discovery and development of various downstream separation processes from bench to pilot demonstration and potentially to commercial scale production. In addition, the Process Development Scientist/Engineer will support both plant troubleshooting and continuous improvement efforts. The Process Development Scientist will be expected to work across various groups including operations, business development and R&D and may be expected to lead projects and direct reports. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2+ years of experience (5+ preferred) with separations process development including the design, setup, and optimization of simulated moving bed chromatography, membrane filtration, crystallizations, ion exchange, and/or liquid/solids separations. A Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (chemistry or chemical engineering preferred) and 2+ years of relevant experience is required.

Key roles:

  • Development and transfer of robust separation processes including simulated moving bed chromatography, membrane filtration, crystallizations, ion exchange, and/or liquid/solids separations.

  • Work with plant operations on both troubleshooting and continuous improvement efforts.

  • Design and run experiments including the selection of sampling procedures, analytical methods and some routine analytical analysis.

  • Identify and evaluate new technologies for separations.

  • Design, set up, operate and maintain lab and pilot separations equipment.

  • Maintain housekeeping and observe safety standards in lab and pilot plant.

  • Consolidate, interpret and present data/conclusions/recommendations in both written and oral formats.

  • Work within a diverse team to evaluate, develop and transfer processes to production.

  • Direct and train technicians.

Core Competencies:

Communication, curiosity, adaptability, integrity, mechanical aptitude, problem solving, independent judgment, teamwork, dependability, persistent, patient, detail oriented and safety commitment

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (chemistry or chemical engineering preferred).

  • 2+ years of relevant experience (5+ preferred).

  • Strong technical background with various lab equipment and instrumentation.

  • Familiarity with standard downstream unit operations, e.g. crystallization, filtration, distillation, etc.

  • Proficiency with various analytical tools, e.g. NMR, GC, HPLC, IR, UV, RI, etc.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Understanding of chemistry, math, physics, biology, materials, and design principles.

  • Skilled with basic piping and mechanical procedures and knowledge of mechanical and electrical equipment.

Physical requirements:

Ability to handle moderately heavy tools and materials, e.g. pipe wrenches, five gallon buckets, and hand-carting 55 gallon drums.

Job Description (Continued):

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.

City:

Decatur

State:

IL - Illinois

Ref ID:

#LI-NA1

EEO:

ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.