Intern - Biotechnology

Biotechnologist (f/m/x)
Job Code: 100012
Paid internship / Full-time employment
On-site work locations - HQ in Quakenbrück (near Osnabrück, DE) or Lab/Office hub in North Rhine-Westphalia (near Cologne, DE)


BIOWEG is a science-based start-up that combines biotechnology, materials science, and molecular simulation learning to produce bio-based, sustainable, and highly functional materials. Our bio-based and biodegradable ingredients enable the personal care, cosmetics, and agricultural coatings industries to replace microplastics and other synthetic additives in their products. Our ambitions and rapid growth have been recognized and supported by recent investments totaling €14 million. We are thus looking to strengthen our team as we ramp up to the next phase of scale and sustainability impact. 

Role and Responsibilities

- Conduct experiment in the fermentation process using a range of feedstocks
- Participate in the upstream phase of fermentation, such as media preparation, inoculation, and culture maintenance, with minimal supervision
- Participate in the downstream phase of fermentation, adapting to various recovery methods to harvest the product
- Adhere to protocols and guidelines set by the department and company
- Maintain accurate documentation of all relevant data related to tasks and report responsibly in the format established by the department and company
- Perform microbiological experiments in a sterile environment with minimal supervision
- Follow protocol and be capable of operating various equipment independently
- Support fellow colleagues by assisting with equipment installation, commissioning, maintenance and troubleshooting
- Maintain infrastructure and equipment safety, regulatory compliance, and maintenance standards
- Participate in sanitation activities, demonstrating a commitment to maintaining hygiene standards

Qualifications and Experience

- Currently pursuing a Master or graduate in or related to Biotechnology, Microbiology, Bioprocessing Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology or Life science
- Must have the ability to work in a hands-on and fast-paced environment and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects related to fermentation and metabolism
- Experienced working with microorganisms and following GLP and aseptic techniques
- Familiarity with equipment like Microbiology Safety Cabinet, Ultra-centrifuge, Filter Press, Membrane Filtration Unit, Freeze Dryer, etc.
- Strong attention to detail and problem-solving thinking
- Fluency in English, both verbal and written
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint is required

BIOWEG offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in a fast-paced startup environment while contributing to a mission-driven company that is making a positive impact on the planet. You will work alongside a team of talented and passionate professionals who are committed to sustainability and innovation. We offer a supportive and inclusive work culture where your ideas and contributions will be valued and recognized. If you are eager to learn and motivated to make a difference, we encourage you to apply and become part of our team.

Biotechnology, Biotechnologist, Scientist, Fermentation, Upstream, Downstream, Bioprocess Engineer, Bioreactor Operations, Green Chemistry, Innovation, Cellulose, Bio-based, Biodegradable, Sustainable, Zero-waste, Circular Process, Waste Streams, Cosmetics, Agriculture, Foodtech

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