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

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


  • 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: Morrisville, NC

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