Internship in Life Cycle Assessment

Internship in Life Cycle Assessment (f/m/x)
Job Code: 100019
Full-time employment
On-site work locations - HQ in Quakenbrück (near Osnabrück, DE) or Lab/Office hub in North Rhine-Westphalia (near Cologne, DE)

Job Description

As a Research Scientist at our biotech startup, you will be independently responsible for leading our green R&D initiatives in the area of natural biodegradable materials, encompassing both new and existing product development.


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

- Work with technical teams at BIOWEG to perform a comprehensive life cycle analysis on the process and product.
- Collect and analyze the data related to BIOWEG’s processes.
- Quantify its environmental impact and identify the opportunities to reduce that impact.
- Build Life Cycle Inventories for materials of interest leveraging knowledge of chemical processes, mass, and energy balances.
- Develop Cradle to Gate and Cradle to Grave models.

Qualifications and Experience

- Bachelors/Masters in the field of Environmental Science, Energy/Resource/Product Management, Economic Engineering, Life Cycle Assessment/Sustainability or comparable.
- Ability to construct and deconstruct a process/product.
- Ability to structure an impact analysis process and manage the collection of information from various individuals, teams, and other external databases.
- Validate the quality of the data sources and build references.
- Familiarity with one or more carbon impact measurement methodologies is a plus: Carbon Footprint, LCA, GHG Protocol, etc.
- The ability to work with OpenLCA or equivalent is highly desirable. 
- Strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently as well as in a team.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural team environment.
- Fluency in English - both verbal and written.

Our Offer

Join our team and experience an attractive mix of challenging job content in a fast-paced startup environment while contributing to a mission-driven company that positively impacts the planet - a supportive culture in an international team of talented and passionate professionals committed to sustainability and innovation. As part of our team, you'll enjoy a competitive salary package, comprehensive health insurance, paid time off, and abundant opportunities for personal growth and development. Our HQ is in Quakenbruck, Niederachsen, and a second lab and office hub in the Dusseldorf / Cologne area.

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