Keel Labs™ is a platform for innovation, broadening our vision for the potential of the ocean to accelerate our planet’s development towards a more sustainable future. Driven by the exploration of novel resources from the ocean, Keel Labs™ functions as a hub for the next generation of climate-focused solutions derived from nature.
Keel Labs 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.
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
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
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
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: Morrisville, NC