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Mango Materials

Summer Research Intern
Albany, CA with occasional days in Redwood Shores, CA
Innovation Area: 
Energy, Food, Water, Human Health and Environment Nexus
Position Type: 
Up to $8000 stipend
Internship Term: 
12 weeks in summer 2018

Mango Materials is a start-up company working to produce environmentally friendly, biopolymers from rapidly renewable resources and are currently focused on applications including textiles. We are seeking an intern to help with day-to-day research studies and laboratory experiments. This position is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  

Position title

Summer Research Intern


The summer intern may assist in a variety of projects, depending on their background and the ongoing projects at the time of hire. Potential responsibilities include:

  1. Plan, design, and carry out experimental research
  2. Operate bioreactors to optimize growth and biopolymer production of microbial cells
  3. Perform research related to downstream processing to separate biopolymer from cell mass
  4. Conduct high-throughput screening of microbial cultures and media
  5. Calculate yields and rates of bioplastic production
  6. Assist in polymer processing, such as compounding, extrusion, injection molding, pelletizing, and/or 3D printing
  7. Maintain and prepare required solutions and help maintain cleanliness in the lab
  8. Perform laboratory and other company related duties designated at the discretion of the supervisor

Who should apply

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about sustainability and the environment as well as science and engineering. Interns will dive right in and be part of a dynamic, fast-paced work environment where they can put their skills and knowledge to use from day 1.

Candidates should be:

  • Passionate
  • Eager to learn
  • Excited to be part of a team working towards a common goal
  • Willing to put in the hours required for wet lab research
  • Creative & independent thinkers
  • Flexible and ready to help out with all aspects of the business as needed

Required expertise

The ideal candidate will have experience:

  • Conducting research in a wet lab
  • Working in the field of microbiology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, polymer science, process engineering or related area
  • Setting up and maintaining fermenters, HPLC, GC and/or gas flow analysis, or performing polymer characterization such as crystallinity, molecular weight, etc
  • Calculating chemical kinetics
  • Troubleshooting laboratory equipment with little direction
  • Performing literature reviews

Preferred skills/Majors

Applicants from all majors are encouraged to apply, especially those from Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Process Engineering, Biology, or Chemistry

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Proficient in scientific writing and data analysis
  • Organized and possess excellent attention to detail
  • Creative, flexible, proactive, punctual
  • A team player
  • Comfortable with a fast-paced work environment

Internship term

12 weeks in summer 2018


Up to $8000 stipend

More info

In the application, please include a short (less than 100 word) cover letter addressed to Mango Materials, and specifically mention why you would be great for this position. It is ok to still attach your standard cover letter and resume to the application.