Summer Chemistry Lab Internship

Golden, CO
Student (College)
TDA is located outside Denver, Colorado with offices in Wheat Ridge and Golden. We have a staff of 100+ mainly engineers and scientists who develop cutting edge chemical processes, materials, and hardware for customers in the defense, aerospace, energy and chemical industries.

TDA is seeking a highly qualified Chemistry Lab Intern with a passion for developing advanced technologies and translating them into real-world applications. The Chemistry Lab Intern will be responsible for running laboratory tests on new firefighting foam formulations, dry chemical agents, and defoaming agents under the supervision of a staff chemist. This job will consist of a variety of duties throughout the week. The intern may also occasionally be asked to complete various internal research tasks either on their own or in a group.

Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Implementing an assigned project, as well as supporting the day-to-day activities of the group
  • Perform hands-on tasks and experimentation in a laboratory setting, including:
    • Formulating and sample preparation
    • Benchtop wet chemistry
    • Foam synthesis and characterization
    • Small-scale fire extinguishment tests
    • Operation and maintenance of analytical instruments
    • General support to team for sample preparation, data entry, analysis and reporting
  • Assist with other duties as communicated by supervisor and rotate among multiple work stations
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Understanding of fundamental chemical concepts and properties
  • Demonstrated general laboratory experience and exposure to analytical and organic chemistry
  • Excellent chemical hygiene
  • Work well with an interdisciplinary team with various technical backgrounds
  • Ability to collaborate with team members in a laboratory setting
  • Willing to take direction and work independently to support team goals
  • Ability to follow instructions with an attention to detail
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Adaptability and an aptitude for learning are critical in this role
  • High school Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Wet lab research experience: 1 year (Preferred)
Physical Demands:
  • Lift 40 pounds
  • Sit, stand, or kneel for extended periods of time
  • Ascend and descend stairs and ladders
  • May require ability to use dust mask or respirator (no facial hair for fitting)

Staff are expected to work on several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Therefore, flexibility and an ability to learn new techniques quickly are essential. Teamwork, collaboration, and clear communication are also important as the employee will need to interface with multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply if you meet the majority of our listed requirements.

Applicants should include their GPA and research experience in their resume.

No sponsorship, relocation, or housing stipend available for this internship.

Pay rate is $20.00 per hour, without benefits as this is a Summer Internship and temporary.

In accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, actual compensation is subject to variation due to factors as education, experience, skill-set, and/or location.

If you would like to request assistance with the application or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact [email protected].

TDA Research, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Females / Minority / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity / Religion / National Origin

To view our Equal Opportunity Statement, please visit the TDA Careers Page.

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