AlgiKnit is a biomaterials company integrating science and design into textile production. Addressing the ecological damage caused by the fashion industry, AlgiKnit is creating durable yet rapidly degradable yarns. We envision the next generation of sustainable, wearable and ethical materials, produced within a closed-loop life cycle.

AlgiKnit is looking for a talented and motivated Research Intern to work in a dynamic start-up environment through supporting the lab team in material testing and data collection.  Our employees gain a unique and fulfilling experience by developing and executing hands-on approaches to sustainably-minded strategies in a dynamic start-up environment. Our team members benefit from a small, close-knit working environment as all facets of our business are done collaboratively in our shared facilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Carry out fiber development and associated laboratory testing per standard operating procedures

  • Responsible for routine set-up, maintenance, cleaning and running of equipment used to test and develop our proprietary textiles

  • Provide technical support to improve process efficiency and provide testing expertise

  • Comply with safety guidelines including maintaining up to date training, following SOPs, equipment maintenance, and proper documentation of lab notebooks and logbooks

  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members to ensure proper resourcing and timeliness

  • Contribute to project meetings and planning sessions

Required Skills:

  • Strong understanding of polymeric materials or fibers and textiles

  • Experience or knowledge in material testing using industry standard methods such as ASTM, AATCC, and ISO

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and remain flexible and open-minded

  • Self-starter who can work independently with minimal direction

  • A focus on and dedication to milestone completion

  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines

  • Professional, detail oriented, and excellent in time management 

  • Efficient and effective communication skills across an interdisciplinary team

  • Ability to handle confidential business information

  • Learns quickly and has a head for problem solving

  • Team player with a positive attitude

  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

  • Follow compliance with CDC guidelines and able to adapt to changing policies around COVID-19

Supplementary: 

  • Prior experience with the polymeric materials or textile and fiber testing: e.g. tensile tester, moisture analyzer, viscometer, etc.

  • Familiar with fiber spinning techniques: e.g. wet-spinning

  • A passion for sustainability and circular economies 

Job Details:

Qualification: Recent graduates or current enrollment in courses in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Textile Science, or similar discipline 

Employment: Part-time, On-site only, Must be able to work a minimum of 8 hours per week (one full day or two half days).

Location: NC


At AlgiKnit you will be part of a small, highly driven team. We came together in 2016 to create high-performance, low-impact textiles that fit into a circular economy. As part of the team, you will play a key part in achieving these goals. 

AlgiKnit, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected category in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.