Bioenergy Project STEM / Engineering Intern

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 27 May 2022

Posting Details
Position Information

Classification Title Temporary Hourly
Employment Category Temporary
Is this an Hourly position? Yes
Work Hours/Week 0-40
Overtime Eligible? Yes
Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523
Description of Work Unit
Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado (approximately 65 miles North of Denver), is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, and a mountain campus (Pingree Park).
The Bioenergy Project is expanding our research team to assist in the operation of a bench-scale bioenergy project located at our lab in Scott Bioengineering Building. We are working to develop a technology that production of bioenergy and fertilizer from waste products.
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Position Summary
This unique opportunity is structured to provide a specialized resume building and learning opportunity for highly motivated STEM undergraduate/graduate students who would join our operations team as an intern. In this role, you will take part in data collection, maintenance, and operation of bioreactors and learn the basics of quality control, production planning, and water chemistry in a dynamic learning environment.
The internship will be structured to meet the individual needs, availability, and skills of the selected interns. The task schedule for this project is largely flexible and can be planned around coursework or another position elsewhere. On-the-job training will be provided for all position duties, but familiarity with water quality tests, analytical instrumentation, plumbing, low voltage electronics, and control systems will be useful in this role. This internship will be largely project-based and a successful candidate for this position is likely to have a high level of internal motivation, common sense, and problem-solving skills. Motivated students may have the opportunity to collaborate on the publication of this research and be listed as an author of the work.
Position Minimum Qualifications
Position Requirements
· Adhere to all safety rules and regulations
· Keep work areas clean
· Perform regular checklist tasks
Physical Requirements
· Able to lift at least 35 lbs.
· Able to stand for prolonged periods of time
Academic Requirements
· Completion of at least two semesters of undergraduate courses
· Be enrolled in a program related to mechanical or environmental engineering, agriculture sciences, chemistry or life sciences.
Personal Requirements
· Must be at least 18 years of age
· Must be dependable and punctual
· Must have a high attention to detail
· Must be a team player and work well with others
Preferred Qualifications
Interest in environmental engineering, agriculture sciences, chemistry or life sciences.

Posting Details

Working Title Bioenergy Project STEM / Engineering Intern
Posting Number 202200343T
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Salary Range $14-$20 per hour
Employee Benefits
Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for temporary employees in the following University benefit area:
Close Date 05/27/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses how professional experiences align with identified required qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification to applicant.
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duties
* Adhere to all safety rules and regulations
* Run water chemistry tests and perform relevant chemistry calculations
* Maintain process equipment
* Propose design modifications
* Work to implement necessary changes to process equipment
* Calculate material balances for production batch sheets
* Track feedstock and waste substrates
* Maintain logbooks and communicate project progress daily
* Use laboratory instruments including spectrophotometer, analytical balance, and volumetric glassware.
Percentage Of Time 100


Minimum References Required 3
Maximum References Required 3

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