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Solugen 14549 Minetta St., Houston TX 77035 Position Process Development Engineering Intern About Solugen: Solugen, Inc. is a revolutionary technology company seeking to use biology to transform the chemicals industry. Solugen was founded in 2016 and is a post-Series B venture-backed startup company supported by renowned venture capital firms including Founders Fund, Fifty Years, Refactor, and Y Combinator. Located in Houston, Texas, Solugen is currently scaling up its manufacturing facility to use its chemienzymatic process to manufacture biobased chemistries for water treatment, agriculture, and personal care. Solugen currently has 50+ full time employees. Mission Solugen is building a 10,000 tpy first commercial plant with the potential to offset up to 37,000 tpy of carbon dioxide equivalents, with several potential future processes. This role will directly support Solugen's mission by executing benchtop experiments to characterize and develop new chemical and biochemical processes. This is a hands-on role which will give experience in research and process engineering. The engineering intern will also have the opportunity to work in Solugen's Pilot Plant and 10,000 tpy commercial plant. This role will report to a PD Scientist or Engineer. Key Outcomes Perform benchtop and pilot experiments, involving both upstream (catalytic reactors, fermentation) and downstream (distillation, filtration, crystallization) unit operations Key Competencies Job Specific - Excited to learn new things - Analytical approach to problem solving, with a focus on managing a team environment with attention to results and a sense of urgency - Attention to detail and organization. - Good communication, negotiation, leadership, and project management skills with the desire to further develop these skills as the company grows. - Commitment to safe workplace goals and practices that ensure operational integrity, including compliance with all regulatory policies and procedures. - Comfortable following safety protocols and wearing personal protective equipment"including hard hats, gloves, earplugs, and respirators--in work zones. - Good familiarity with Office products as well as a general level of comfort with online communication and work management platforms such as Dropbox, Google Doc, and Slack. Company Specific - Ask a lot of questions, be curious, and have insights into your work - Be nimble, embrace the speed and ambiguity of startup culture. - A passion for green chemistry and fighting climate change. - Ability to self-manage and set your own priorities and schedule. - Be comfortable working in multiple roles. - Emphasize safety above all else. - Respect for others. - Creative problem solving. - Willingness to learn and research new engineering/science concepts. Qualifications Senior status in Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering degree programSolugen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.
Associated topics: chemical, chemical engineering, coatings, nutrition, phenolic, plastics, polymer, polymer synthesis, polypropylene, polyurethane
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