Green Chemistry and Engineering Internship - Summer 2022

HBN’s mission is to advance human and environmental health by improving hazardous chemical transparency and inspiring product innovation. HBN provides data for companies around the world in a wide variety of sectors to implement the 4th Principle of Green Chemistry: Design Benign Chemicals.

Our Pharos tool makes the world a healthier place by empowering users to evaluate and select alternatives to toxic substances associated with large scale, intractable environmental health concerns, including those on the Minnesota Chemicals of High Concern and Priority Chemicals lists. Pharos supports manufacturers' efforts to create healthier materials and products by assisting and accelerating smarter chemical selection and formulation. By driving innovation and feeding entrepreneurship, Pharos redirects today’s chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and inventors toward the creation of healthier products and environments for all.

Position Overview

The intern will be accountable for learning HBN’s data tools and defining and populating chemical compound groups. The Intern’s background should include chemistry, chemical engineering, or toxicology. They should be strong in critical thinking and communications, be collaborative, be able to organize and multi-task, and be focused on data accuracy.

The intern will work under the guidance of the Chief Research Officer, Teresa McGrath. This full-time position is located in St. Paul, MN, and will run for 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2022. A computer and access to a co-working space will be provided. 

Candidates must be located in Minnesota.

The salary for the position will be $20/hr.

This position is funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Green and Safer Product Chemistry Grant.  

Responsibilities:

The intern will:

       Possible projects could include:


During the training period, the intern will work closely with a mentor while they learn the software and protocols used to maintain and expand the data in Pharos. Once the intern has developed fluency, they will meet daily with the mentor to discuss obstacles, set priorities, and receive new tasks. The intern will work independently, communicating as needed throughout the day.

Beginning in the second month, the intern will have the opportunity to design and propose a project to use the data and tools they have learned to address an unmet need in the space of green chemistry, material health, or chemical hazard assessment. They will spend up to 25% of their remaining time on this project, receiving feedback and mentorship as needed, and finally presenting their work to HBN staff and any relevant external stakeholders at the end of the internship. The intern will also participate in weekly meetings of the research team and check in with the Chief Research Officer every other week.

Qualifications:

HBN is focused on building the next generation of scientists and toxicologists, creating an inclusive, safe space for all potential candidates' growth. We pledge to listen to people from all historically oppressed communities, especially for hiring opportunities. If you feel excited about this experience but worry that you don't meet all the requirements, we hope you feel encouraged to apply.

Location:

St. Paul, MN

Salary:

The salary for the position will be $20/hr.

How to Apply:

To apply, attach and email a completed application and a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae and unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions to careers@healthybuilding.net with the subject line “Green Chemistry and Engineering Internship 2022.” (Please submit your application in Microsoft Word format, if possible.)

The application period is open until the position is filled. If you have any questions, please email them to careers@healthybuilding.net.

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