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Role description - Production Engineer/Bioprocess Operator


Production Engineer/Bioprocess Operator

Join the HydGene Renewables Engineering Team! 

HydGene Renewables Pty Ltd is a deep tech start-up revolutionising the production of green hydrogen. Utilising a bio-engineered biocatalyst platform, we convert waste biomass into hydrogen, offering a sustainable and efficient alternative to traditional hydrogen production methods. Founded in 2020 and spun out of Macquarie University by Dr. Louise Brown (CEO), Prof. Robert Willows (CSO), and Dr. Kerstin Petroll (CTO), HydGene is at the forefront of climate tech innovation. 

The Role

As a Production Engineer/Bioprocess Operator at HydGene Renewables, you will be at the forefront of innovation and sustainability, playing a crucial role in building and operating Australia’s first biohydrogen pilot plant. You will work closely with our growing Engineering team and collaborate with other engineers and scientists to drive our mission forward. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Operate a variety of process equipment, including macerators, filtration equipment, hydrolysis reactors, and more. 

  • Monitor various process parameters (temperature, pH, flow rates, etc.) and collect/analyse process data, including sample preparation and analysis. 

  • Conduct experiments using pilot-scale process equipment to optimise engineering design for future larger-scale plants. 

  • Utilise your operational knowledge to provide engineering design improvements and upgrades for the pilot plant over time. 

  • Maintain utilities such as compressed air, steam, and power to ensure continuous operation of the pilot plant and other site equipment. 

  • Address and resolve issues as they arise, including sourcing new fittings, fixing leaks, modifying process equipment, and finding ways to enhance plant operations. 

What We Are Looking For 

  • Engineering or Trades Background: An engineering degree or trade certificate is ideal. The candidate needs to be hands-on, willing to operate process equipment, use tools, find solutions, and build them. 

  • Experience: Prior experience operating process equipment, creating SOPs, quality control, and experimental design is a plus, but training will be provided if needed. 

  • Commitment to Safety: A strong commitment to process safety to protect yourself and others from harm is essential. 

  • Ownership and Responsibility: Someone who can work towards eventually taking full ownership of the pilot plant’s operation. 

  • Communication Skills & Attention to Detail: Excellent verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. Meticulous in monitoring process parameters and maintaining accurate records. 

  • Desirable: drivers license and ability to travel.

About You

You are a highly collaborative individual who efficiently utilises time and resources to accomplish tasks. You thrive in an innovative, fast-paced, and rapidly changing environment. You consistently demonstrate a strong sense of integrity and strive for excellence in your work and conduct. You actively support workplace diversity and have a passion for tackling climate-related challenges that bring about significant impacts. Your enthusiasm and dedication to contribute to the company's growth and mission make you stand out. 


Why Join Us?

HydGene Renewables is pioneering green hydrogen production through innovative process design and synthetic biology approaches. Our technology provides on-site and on-demand hydrogen, offering enhanced safety and significant cost savings by eliminating storage and transport expenses. We produce >99.9% pure hydrogen for various applications, including electricity generation and chemical manufacturing. At HydGene, we are passionate about our business and believe in building a strong culture that promotes diversity and empowers our team members to contribute to the company's growth and culture.

How To Apply

If you are a dynamic and hands-on engineer or tradesperson passionate about operating and optimising bioprocess equipment in a fast-growing startup, we encourage you to apply and be part of our dynamic team.

Please submit both your resume and cover letter with a summary of your relevant experience to 

Applications close: 5pm (AEST) Friday 12th July 2024

This role is a full-time position with an immediate start date. While it is initially a fixed-term role, there is potential for it to become permanent based on performance and company needs. HydGene Renewables is an equal opportunity employer.  

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