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Intern, Research & Development

The purpose of this job is to research, develop, and support the implementation of manufacturing process improvements and new manufacturing processes.
Process Development:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency, application of scientific principles, attention to detail, collaboration with others, and independent thinking
  • Exercise good judgment and apply generally-accepted engineering and safety practices when selecting methods and techniques for evaluation and implementation
  • Conduct experiments, literature and vendor research, and technical work to support the development, improvement, and scale-up of manufacturing processes
  • Write technical reports and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Organize and maintain laboratory data and other laboratory records, including laboratory notebooks, instrument records, electronic data files, and technical reports
  • Conduct and interpret results from conventional analytical procedures including titrations, precipitations, distillations, solvent extractions, filtrations
  • Maintain laboratory- and pilot-scale equipment in good working condition
  • Perform general laboratory maintenance and cleaning
Other frequent duties:

  • Provide technical support to Research & Development projects, as assigned and directed
  • Assist in the design, construction, operation, and continuous improvement of laboratory- and pilot-scale systems
Perform other duties as assigned

  • Be available for daily work and overtime as required
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to provide technical information and guidance to non-technical parties
  • Organize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meeting deadlines
  • Provide suggestions to offer alternative perspectives to situations
  • Record results, generate computer reports, and process written records on a timely basis
  • Ability to choose appropriate mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem
  • Work independently or with others as a team to complete assigned projects
  • Ability to analyze, report, and explain laboratory data to co-workers and management
  • Demonstrate good vision and hearing, corrected to normal, as required for laboratory work
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry, engineering sciences, and statistics
  • Capable of applying new knowledge to existing processes
  • Ability to maintain a clean and orderly work environment
Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree required
  • Chemical/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, physical sciences, or related degree preferred
  • Junior or Senior class preferred
Experience: Laboratory experience required

  • Relevant courses such as thermodynamics, heat transfer, and general chemistry required
  • Club participation, and previous internship preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, OneNote) required
  • Advanced quantitative, mathematical, and statistical skills required
  • Knowledge of oils and fats or of other agricultural products and processing preferred
  • Knowledge of petroleum industry and products preferred
  • Experience with product quality assurance methodologies and troubleshooting (root-cause analysis, statistical quality control, etc.) preferred