Intern - Rheology and Tribology

Intern Rheology and Tribology (f/m/x)
Job Code: 100021
Paid internship / Full-time / Onsite
Location: Bayer Crop Science Campus, Monheim am Rhein, Germany
Duration: 5 - 9 months / Start date: June - July 2024

Job Description

This internship 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 at BIOWEG. 

BIOWEG is a purpose-driven startup that is developing functional and biodegradable alternatives to eliminate microplastics from our daily lives. Our innovative approach combines upcycling waste streams in a circular fermentation process, powered by Green Chemistry principles to result in highly functional and pure fermented-cellulose ingredients. We are on a mission to revolutionize multiple industries, including cosmetics, personal care, nutraceuticals, agricultural coatings, and food/beverage. We are more than a company; we are a dynamic force, driving the change we want to see in the world. Join our diverse and relentless team to create a better world and a lasting, sustainable impact!

Role and Responsibilities

Formulation Development
- Collaborate with the research and development team to design and optimize formulations.
- Conduct literature reviews and stay abreast of advancements in rheology and tribology relevant to applications.

Rheological Analysis
- Perform rheological tests on formulations to analyze their flow behavior, viscosity, and elasticity.
- Interpret and document rheological data to guide formulation adjustments and improvements.

Tribological Studies
- Investigate the friction and wear properties of fin formulations through tribological experiments.
- Evaluate the impact of different additives and components on the tribological performance of the formulations.

Application Development
- Contribute to the development of applications for formulations, ensuring compatibility with diverse systems and environments.
- Collaborate with engineering teams to understand real-world application challenges and refine formulations accordingly.

Data Analysis and Reporting
- Analyze and summarize experimental data, prepare reports for internal use and potential publication.
- Communicate findings clearly to cross-functional teams and present results in periodic meetings.

- Work closely with scientists, engineers, and other interns to foster a collaborative and innovative work environment.
- Participate in team discussions and contribute ideas to enhance project outcomes.

Qualifications and Experience

- Currently pursuing a Master in Polymer/Material Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a related field.
- Strong understanding of rheology and tribology principles.
- Experience with laboratory techniques and instrumentation for rheological and tribological analysis.
- Knowledge of formulation development and application testing.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Self-starter, organised and proactive.
- Effective communication and collaboration skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Recruitment Process

- Send us your CV and a short cover letter, in English, outlining your skills and interests.
- Screening interview with Beatriz, HR Lead.
- Technical interview with Dr. Salvatore La China (Strain Engineering) & Dr. Kácris Matos (R&D Formulations).

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