Separation Scientist ? Decatur, IL
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 more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 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 . Research and Development Separation Scientist ? Decatur, ILThis is an exempt level position Position Summary:The R&D Scientist will be expected to be an in house expert in various crystallization operations.
The Scientist will be responsible for developing crystallization processes through both internal work and external partnership, leading the technical transfer of new processes from the lab to production, and supporting plant operations in improving/troubleshooting current crystallization processes.
In addition, the R&D Scientist may support the development of other downstream separation processes including simulated moving bed chromatography, membrane filtration, ion exchange, and/or liquid/solids separations.
The Scientist will be expected to work across various groups including operations, business development and R&D.
A minimum of a Bachelor?s degree in a technical field (chemistry or chemical engineering preferred) and 10+ years of experience in the development and scale up of crystallization processes, preferably with carbohydrates, is required.
Advanced technical degrees will be beneficial.Key roles: Build in house crystallization development capabilities.Development and technical transfer of robust crystallization processes to production environment.Lead crystallization research with external partners.Work with plant operations on both troubleshooting and continuous improvement efforts.Support the development of other separation processes including simulated moving bed chromatography, membrane filtration, ion exchange, and/or liquid/solids separations.Design and run experiments including the selection of sampling procedures, analytical methods and some routine analytical analysis.Identify and evaluate new technologies for crystallizations.Design, set up, operate and maintain lab and pilot 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. 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).
Advanced technical degrees will be beneficial.10+ years of relevant experience preferably in the area of carbohydrates. Prior experience directing research with external partners. Strong technical background with various lab and pilot equipment and instrumentation.Familiarity with other standard downstream unit operations, e.g. chromatography, filtration, distillation, 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.Ability to travel 10-20% of time.
Physical requirements:Ability to handle moderately heavy tools and materials, e.g. pipe wrenches, five gallon buckets, and hand-carting 55 gallon drums.