- A full-time or part-time student internship is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Biosciences Center, in Golden, Colorado. NREL is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. We have an opening for a full-time (40 hrs/wk) or part-time (10-20 hrs/wk) internship in Golden, Colorado. Algal biofuels are a key developing area of research in the Biosciences Center. In particular the extraction and conversion of algal biomass, including lipids, and quantification and purification of carbohydrates is being investigated on a number of projects.
- The intern will assist with the analytical characterization of algal biomass, the fractionation of algal biomass to the main biochemical constituents, and the conversion of algal biomass components to fuels and chemicals. The intern will help where needed with analytical chemistry and sample preparation, keep notes and organize sample data, and assist with the cultivation and physiological growth experiments in collaboration with researchers and technical staff. Since the intern will assist on a range of different projects, a strong organizational background is needed and a willingness to perform routine tasks to support research staff.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes
- Must have completed general organic and analytical chemistry, and biology (molecular biology and/or microbiology) laboratory courses as well as lecture courses in inorganic, analytical, and organic chemistry. A strong background and interest in chemistry or biochemistry is required. Experience with laboratory work and research techniques and practices is necessary and instrument and chromatography experience is desired. This includes experience with the Microsoft office suite, in particular Excel, with exceptional skills in organization of large quantities of data. Strong communication skills including interpersonal, presentations, and writing required. Ability to work both independently and with a team is needed.
Additional Required Qualifications
- Ability to independently conduct laboratory experiments, stringently follow safety guidelines, and report findings to mentor and/or supervisor. Familiarity with algal cultivation methods and biofuel production processes is desirable. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a larger research team as well as work independently. Demonstrated ability to maintain a safe working environment. Excellent communication skills.