Research & Operations Lab Technician (BF0020)

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San Francisco, CA, United States

Posted on: 2024-06-21

Category: renewables

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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 return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. We convert excess inedible biomass into carbon-rich bio-oil and inject it into underground storage for permanent carbon removal. At scale we can use bio-oil to make fossil-free iron.

Our carbon removal pathway took off in 2020 with initial purchases from customers like Stripe, Shopify & Microsoft. Since then we’ve scaled to thousands of tons of carbon removal, over a hundred employees, and now have three locations in San Francisco, Colorado, and Kansas. Come join us in 2024 as we aim to become one of the first companies to put 10,000 tons of carbon back underground!

We're looking to expand our team of ambitious creative and hands-on 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!

What We Offer

· Stock options
· Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
· Traditional and Roth 401(k) with a 50% match on contributions up to 6%
· Paid time off, including parental leave
· A yearly professional development stipend
· Healthy snacks and lunches for onsite employees
· A sweet workplace with lots of space inside and out
· A chance to pivot into a role in climate!

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.

About the Role:

  • As Charm continues to expand bio-oil production and injection, Charm will require a technician with strong operational skills to support those workflows as well as wet lab skills to carry out analytical testing. 
  • This role will support all functions of the chemistry lab, including administrative and technical components. As a member of the chemical analysis team, they will conduct in-house analytical testing of bio-oil, biomass, and biochar samples. They will help collect, analyze and communicate data to support the rest of Charm. They will also be involved in cutting edge research and development projects as we work towards gigatons of carbon removal.
  • This role will report to the Analytical Scientist under the Research Team.
  • Your Responsibilities:

  • Track and transfer injection records of custody into Charm’s official carbon ledger as well as internal data systems
  • Conduct analytical testing of bio-oil, biochar, and other materials relevant to Charm, including density, viscosity, elemental carbon, and water content
  • Accession, label, and organize samples at Minifactory
  • Conduct hands-on lab work under direction of the Analytical Scientist to support the goals of Charm’s Research team
  • General data entry into LIMS system or internal database
  • Route and ship samples for external analysis
  • Communicate sample needs and results to the rest of Charm
  • Maintain and organize lab for yourself and others
  • You Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or relevant lab-based discipline
  • Ability to pivot and respond quickly in a fast paced and changing environment
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities
  • Experience in administrative and data-oriented tasks
  • Proficient in Google environment and spreadsheets
  • At least 2+ years of work experience
  • At least 4+ years of lab experience
  • Champion of safety
  • Bonus if You Bring:

  • Experience working at startups
  • Experience or familiarity with analytical techniques like Karl Fischer, elemental analysis, GC, and rheology
  • Mechanically adept
  • Experience in renewable fuels
  • Experience in logistics or operations
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