Research Associate

Full Time | Morrisville, NC

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 individual to assist our lab and sourcing team at our Brooklyn office.  With a focus on lab practices and global sourcing methods, this individual will work on supporting our research team in and outside of the lab, including material testing and analysis, fiber spinning, and fiber characterization. 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.


  • Utilize basic scientific/engineering principles and techniques to accomplish projects with a specifically defined scope

  • Successfully complete projects and studies with minimal guidance on project objectives and technical approaches 

  • Support projects that involve the extension of present and/or new technologies in one or more areas with an aim at improving and/or developing processes, materials and testing techniques

  • Manage and document projects and tasks efficiently 

  • Demonstrate open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility 

  • Conduct hands-on experimental work including fiber spinning and material characterizations

  • Collaborate with other team members to enhance and streamline development and make decisions

  • Follow safety protocol at all times

Required Skills:

  • Efficient and effective communication skills across an interdisciplinary team

  • Strong foundation in chemistry/biochemistry/material science and wet lab processes

  • Self-starter who can work independently with minimal direction

  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects

  • A focus on and dedication to milestone completion

  • Quick  learner with strong  problem solving abilities

  • Professional, detail oriented, and excellent in time management

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite 


  • Textile and fiber knowledge/background is a plus

  • Experience in data analysis using softwares or coding

  • Able to learn new processes quickly and put them into practice

  • A passion for sustainability and circular economies 

  • Aptitude for hands-on problem solving

Job Details:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material/Textile/Polymer Science or Engineering, or relevant disciplines 

  • 1-2 years experience in lab work

Employment: Full-time

Location: Morrisville, 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.