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Intern, Synthetic Biology (Cell-Free)

Skokie, Illinois, US
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May 16, 2022

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Conservation science
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Welcome to the Post Pollution Future with LanzaTech A post-pollution world is inevitable, and people will either be part of it, or the planet will go on without us. At LanzaTech, our technology platform is transforming waste carbon into everyday products, to meet the needs of this moment. Our science is state-of-the-art, but the idea is simple. We use nature to heal nature. We capture carbon emissions which are then fed into bioreactors where trillions of carbon-hungry microbes go to work. These tiny dynamos consume the waste gases and produce valuable raw material commodities. Pure enough to be resold, repurposed, and recycled again - from sustainable jet fuel to beverage bottles, to yoga pants. Founded in New Zealand, we are a global women-led company with an international footprint and a diverse employee population. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are a key part of our mission and core values which we show through our hiring, our leadership, our efforts to educate internally and willingness to learn. In addition, we have announced our plan to merge with AMCI Acquisition Corp. II and expect to become a publicly traded company on Nasdaq. Come join the team as we strive to make a Post Pollution Future! * Exciting collaborations with LanzaTech (LT) CarbonSmartTM Products: * 2022 - Coty, Inc. - LT recycled carbon ethanol to be used in majority of fragrance portfolio by 2023 * 2021 - ZARA - cutting edge, high fashion black dresses made from LT recycled carbon * 2021 - lululemon - yoga pants & running shorts made from LT Recycled carbon * 2021 - L'Oréal - partnership to make packaging with LT recycled carbon * 2021 - Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials * 2020 - Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy * 2020 - Fast Company World Changing Company * 2020 - CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list Interested in learning more? Visit us at and download/stream our latest CarbonSmartTM Podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you receive your podcasts! This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. About the Role LanzaTech is looking for a motivated, well-organized, and collaborative Intern to support research and development of cell-free protein synthesis and cell-free related technologies. * The Intern will work with the Enzymology team to develop and execute various cell-free protein synthesis workflows both in model systems and gas-fermenting organisms * They will participate in evaluating and testing additional cell-free applications such as biosensors and manufacturing * They will conduct their work collaboratively across multiple teams at LanzaTech including Synthetic Biology, Fermentation, and Analytics Responsibilities * Follow all safety requirements for working in the offices and laboratories, including completing any required trainings * Perform cell-free experiments and workflows including but not limited to cell-free protein synthesis * Maintain a clean and functional laboratory space * Maintain an up-to-date laboratory notebook tracking experiments, data, and interpretation of results * Attend and participate in Enzymology and Synthetic Biology group meetings as well as relevant project updates with partners * Present findings and developments to relevant parties * Assist in upkeep of laboratory reagents and stock supplies Requirements Minimum * B.Sc. or currently majoring in Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, or a related field * Experience conducting research in a laboratory setting (e.g., university laboratory classes, independent research projects, and/or previous internships) * High attention to detail and careful record keeping * Excellent communication skills * Awareness of safety issues in the work environment * Strong computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) or equivalent applications Highly Preferred * Experience writing reports and/or manuscripts * Experience giving oral presentations * Direct experience or knowledge of cell-free protein synthesis or other cell-free application * Direct laboratory experience with the expression, purification, screening, detection, and/or characterization of proteins * Experience with DNA purification, synthesis, or cloning methods (e.g., Gibson and Golden Gate assemblies) * Experience growing bacteria * Ability to conduct research independently and manage multiple tasks in parallel Location * LanzaTech Headquarters * Skokie, IL USA

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