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NREL Internship (year round) – Algae Biotechnology in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship (year round) – Algae Biotechnology



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

A student internship is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Bioenergy 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 part-time internship in Golden, Colorado. The position is part-time (10-20 hrs/wk) during the school year and full time (40 hrs/wk) during the summer. Algal biofuels are a key developing area of research at the NBC. In particular the extraction and conversion of algal products, including lipids, and quantification and purification of carbohydrates is being investigated on a number of projects.

Job Duties

The intern will assist in the cultivation of algae, 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 the analytical chemistry of a number of samples, keep notes and organize sample data and keeping up 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, so 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 chemistry, biology, molecular biology, and/or microbiology laboratory course as well as lecture courses in inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry. A strong background in chemistry or biochemistry is required. Experience with laboratory work is necessary and instrument and chromatography experience is desired. This includes experience with the Microsoft office suite, in particular Excel and strong organizational skills are needed to set up a system for 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.

Proficient in research techniques and practices. Solid communication, interpersonal, project management and customer relations skills.

Additional Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

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.


Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Additional Qualifications

The intern will assist in developing electronic monitoring systems for cultivation of algae. The intern will help where needed with the establishment and coding of electronics of integrated sensors for an ongoing online data logging application. The intern will be involved with developing approaches to extract and organize online data and summarize cultivation observations 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 data management tasks to support research staff. A strong background in electronics programming and data management and basic coding is required.

Preferred Qualifications


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