Chemistry Intern

Tampa, FL /
Research and Development – Research and Development /
"Best Places to Work 2019" -SF Business Times

Molekule is a San Francisco-based science and clean technology start-up that has developed a fundamentally new approach to cleaning air.  Molekule uses nanotechnology to break down and completely eliminate pollutants on a molecular level. Allergens, bacteria, viruses, mold and airborne chemicals are completely mineralized through the photoelectrochemical oxidation (PECO) process. Beta trials with 50+ allergy sufferers have shown that Molekule’s air purification technology reduced the symptoms of allergy sufferers down to the range of non-allergy sufferers within only 1 week of use. Molekule is looking for a motivated research professional to aid in testing activities for technology development and optimization. In the Tampa laboratory, we test a variety of treatment strategies and component materials to achieve the most efficient, effective purification systems possible. We are investigating new technologies and applications, with the goal of additional product development and commercialization. 

We are looking for a synthetic chemist and chemical engineer to aid in wet chemistry research and other research activities we conduct. The ideal candidate would have experience in or be eager to learn a variety of synthetic methodologies and analytical techniques currently used in the testing and development of new technologies. These techniques include, but are not limited to, UV-Vis / FT-IR spectroscopy, and SEM. In addition, the ideal candidate would aid in developing new techniques and/or apparatus for indoor air purification applications. They will perform experiments, collect data, present data to the Molekule team, and aid in preparing reports with the collected data.

What you'll do:

    • Perform wet chemistry experiments in the lab
    • Synthesis of organic and inorganic molecules
    • Conduct review of literature
    • Assist in experimental design and construction of apparatus
    • Assist in fabric coating trials
    • Assist in filter testing
    • Performing and documenting experiments
    • Data compilation, analysis, and presentation

What you'll bring:

    • Bachelor or Masters degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field
    • Experience with laboratory characterization and analysis techniques—for example, UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, SEM, etc.
    • Experience with analytical / statistical software tools (e.g., Excel, etc.)
We are Molekule and we’re changing air purification. Molekule uses 25 years of breakthrough science to destroy airborne pollutants, delivering clean air. Our mission isn’t just making air purifiers, but cleaning the air everywhere. It’s a lofty goal, but that's why we need you.

Molekule Values:
"Check your ego at the door."
Determination & Grit
"We believe in what we're doing. That's why we persevere through problems."
"We roll up our sleeves, do the work, own the outcomes, and are proud of our contributions (no matter the size)."
"We're all in this together."
"We're devoted to changing the world for the better."
Growth Mindset
"I know that I don't know everything, there's always more to learn. I learn from my mistakes."
"My communications are candid, effective, respectful, and assuming good intentions."

Organizational Philosophy:
Every great accomplishment is the result of a team working in harmony, not just of individuals. We believe teamwork and a sense of egalitarian responsibility is fundamental to building a great organization.
The objective of all organizational processes is to turn our organization into something scalable, repeatable, and efficient that reflects our culture.

Molekule is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We will consider employment for qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. The Company will also not discharge, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against, any employee who discloses their own wages, discusses the wages of others, inquires about another employee’s wages, or aids or encourages any other employee to do the same. The Company is not obligated to disclose wages.

Applicants with disabilities may e-mail or text or call 415.439.0018, to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time.