Houston, TX 77035


Strain Development Intern

About Solugen:

At Solugen, we believe planet-scale change starts with the chemistry we use every day. So we’ve built the world’s first carbon negative molecule factory. Fusing biology with chemistry and technology to make the materials we need to sustain life on Earth.

Solugen, Inc. is a revolutionary product and technology company seeking to use biology to transform the chemicals industry. Solugen was founded in 2016 and is a post-Series C venture-backed biotechnology company supported by renowned venture capital firms including Founders Fund, FiftyYears, Refactor, Y Combinator, Temasek, GIC, and Baillie-Gifford. Located in Houston, Texas, Solugen currently has 100+ full time employees.


Solugen’s mission is to decarbonize chemicals manufacturing. As a first step, Solugen built its first 10,000 tons per year commercial plant with potential to offset 37,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide equivalents. This role will directly support Solugen’s mission by continuously improving our ability to scale enzyme production to support our core platform. The individual will report to the Senior Scientist of the Strain Development Team and assist with experiments and analysis to support the Solugen’s future R&D, production, and revenue goals.

This role will be involved with developing tools to facilitate the process of genetically engineering and screening Solugen’s production hosts to maximize their performance. As the production strains continuously improve, the quality of Solugen’s products and our cost to manufacture improve. This is a hands-on role where the individual’s initiative, laboratory prowess, and energy will make a substantial impact on the company.

Key Outcomes:

  • At the end of the internship the candidate should be able to design and perform experiments and present the data to the team in a concise way.

Key Competencies:

Job Specific:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s in Biology, or related field with a focus on genetic engineering of eukaryotic microorganisms or heterologous protein expression.
  • Basic knowledge of molecular biology techniques (DNA-, RNA-, protein-extractions, PCR, cloning, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting).
  • Sterile technique, and passion to handle a variety of pro- and eukaryotic microorganisms.
  • Good communicator with excellent verbal and writing skills.

Company Specific:

  • Curiosity and willingness to learn and ask a lot of questions.
  • Being nimble, embracing the speed of startup culture.
  • Passionate for green chemistry and fighting climate change.
  • Emphasis on safety.
  • Respect for others.


Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, or related field with a focus on genetic engineering of eukaryotic microorganisms or heterologous protein expression

Solugen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.