Research Scientist Internship/Co-Op

San Francisco, CA /
Research /
Full Time
Company Summary 

Heirloom’s mission is to accelerate our planet’s transition to a carbon negative society. We will capture 1B tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2035 (equivalent of ~60M Americans’ annual emissions today), and build a multi-billion dollar business along the way. The problem we are solving is that according to IPCC, billions of tons of CO2 need to removed from the atmosphere (in addition to decarbonizing the entire economy) by 2050 to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, but current technologies are too expensive and not scalable to the volume necessary.  

Unlike traditional engineered removal solutions, our Nature published technology combines the natural properties of minerals (carbon mineralization) with engineering to provide a low cost path to $50/tCO2 for Direct Air Capture (DAC), the cost at which carbon removal will be transformative.  

Our early customers are corporations and other entities that need to reduce and offset their carbon emissions to meet compliance requirements or carbon pledges. Our go-to-market strategy allows us to be unit profitable from day one, and reach >$1B in revenue just from existing markets and pledges. Our $100B opportunity lies with carbon markets set for creation in the EU, US, and other markets.  

Over the next 12 months, we will de-risk our cost estimates, build our first deployment, and validate the commercial viability of this technology.  

About the role
The Heirloom team is on a path to creating a sustainable, scalable, and economically viable carbon removal system. The technology - which requires a unique blend of geology, chemistry, industrial engineering, and process engineering -  doesn’t yet exist at the scales necessary to make a difference, so we need to build it ourselves. 

The Research Scientist Internship/Co-Op is an opportunity for current students to get involved with Heirloom’s work. This role specifically works with our research team on developing robust and innovative process pathways and parameters to enable low cost carbon removal. 

The Research Scientist Internship/Co-Op is available to students currently working towards a BS, MS, or other graduate degree in Engineering (such as Chemical  Engineering, Process Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a related field) or Applied Science (Materials Science, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, or related field).

What You Will Do

    • Executing laboratory testing according to standard procedures.
    • Designing experiments to test key process parameter(s)
    • Operating, calibrating, maintenance, and performance checks for all laboratory equipment.
    • Troubleshooting instrumentation and keeping instrument logs.
    • Maintaining inventory of chemicals and supplies necessary for the completion of experiments.
    • Interpretation and communication of test results.
    • Documenting findings and communicating results. 
    • Collaborate with research investigators for testing.
    • Identify and suggest improvements in methods and procedures.
    • Work as a part of a team of world-class scientists and engineers to execute on our development plans, with an urgency rooted in the importance of our mission. 

Minimum Qualifications

    • Currently working towards a BS, MS, or other graduate degree in Engineering (such as Chemical  Engineering, Process Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a related field) or Applied Science (Materials Science, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, or related field).
    • Self-motivated and willing to learn and adapt in a fast-paced organization.

Desired Qualifications

    • Experience with critical problem solving.
    • Experience with analytical techniques for materials characterization.
    • Writing and communication skills.
    • Strong work ethic.
You don’t have to have every listed requirement and skill to be a great fit - you may even teach us something about what we should be looking for! If you are passionate about this opportunity and think you have the skills to succeed, please apply! If not, but you know someone who might be interested, please share this post. 

We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and equity, starting with our commitment to fostering diversity within our Heirloom team. We are able to grow and learn better with a diverse team, which is exactly what our planet needs. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ people, and veterans.

Please note: while we appreciate all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted by our team.