Analytical Lab Technician

Number of employees

20

San Francisco, CA, United States

Posted on: 2023-09-22

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Charm Industrial is working to return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. We design, build and operate a fleet of mobile fast pyrolyzers that convert ag and forest biomass residues into bio-oil for use in carbon removal and direct-reduced-iron steelmaking.

In 2020 our Chief Scientist and co-founder Shaun Meehan had two breakthroughs (bio-oil intermediate and bio-oil sequestration) that kickstarted the company. Within 10 months we completed our first carbon removal injection and in 2021 we completed more than 5,000 tons of CO₂e removal for customers like Stripe, Shopify and Microsoft. 


About Charm

Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂, profitably. We convert waste biomass into carbon-rich bio-oil and inject it into permanent, underground storage as carbon removal, or reform the bio-oil to produce syngas for fossil-free steel.

Our carbon removal pathway took off in 2020 with initial purchases from customers like Stripe, Shopify & Microsoft. In 2021 and 2022 we delivered thousands of tons of carbon removal via off-the-shelf pathways, and also deployed our first R&D prototype pyrolyzer of our own. In the next 18 months, we'll build and deploy the next pyrolyzer revision, demonstrate our fossil-free ironmaking pilot, substantially expand our operations in Colorado and put thousands of tonnes of CO₂e underground.

We're looking to expand our team of ambitious creative and hands-on engineers, fabricators, operators, and forward-thinking humans. We value psychological safety and collaboration. We take calculated risks and don't sweep mistakes under the rug; instead, we pin them to the wall and learn from them. We value that everyone’s unique backgrounds and perspectives shape their work. We encourage you to read our company values.

Come help us reverse climate change. Gigatons or bust!

The Analytical Lab Technician will play an essential role at Charm Industrial, supporting chemical analysis and logistical needs throughout the company. The Analytical Lab Technician will work with analytical chemistry to: 1) assist in lab management and 2) maintain the workflow of material sample generation and analysis at Charm. This interdisciplinary role requires a combination of administrative, communication, and hands-on skills with flexibility and initiative being highly valued. A background in STEM and experience as a lab technician is desired.

What We Offer

· Healthy snacks and lunches
· A sweet workplace (both SF Minifactory and CO Miniforge!) with lots of space inside and out
· A chance to pivot into a role in climate! (this internship could lead to a future career opportunity at Charm, but we cannot guarantee employment beyond the internship program)

Visa Sponsorship Policy

Since we are a small startup, certain accommodations for visa sponsorship may not be within our capability. At this time, Charm Industrial is only sponsoring E3 and TN visas.

Our Commitment

Charm Industrial is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing our team in an inclusive way, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The consequences of climate change inherently affect some more than others, and we need a diverse team to help us save our little planet most effectively & justly. We are excited about all of those who choose to apply, and for those who end up joining us, to see how you better us as a team and company. We are more than the sum of our parts.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain inventory of supplies for shipping, sample collection, and lab consumables
  • Register, label, and ship out samples of bio-oil, biochar, and other materials
  • Organize Chain of Custody documents and chemical analysis records
  • Data entry of analytical results
  • Oversee lab maintenance 
  • Serve as a point of communication between internal Charm stakeholders and external parties
  • Respond to inquiries and distribute information and supplies to fellow Charmers 
  • Additional tasks on as-need basis, including support to different Charm teams
  • Requirements

  • AA or BA degree, minimum 1-2 years experience
  • Proficiency in office software, especially spreadsheets and G Suite
  • Comfortable with numbers 
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong listening and communication skills
  • Team player who is willing to “get the thing done”
  • Previous experience as a lab technician or in a scientific/engineering industry
  • Bonus (but not required)

  • Experience in EH&S or hazardous waste management
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