Zymergen is hiring a

Scientific Internship, Chemistry


At Zymergen, our mission is to create a vibrant, sustainable future through biology. We have developed a platform with biotech capabilities to create new specialty molecules that were previously not available or practical through traditional petrochemical-based chemistry. Zymergen has demonstrated the promise of its platform to produce both new and known molecules through chemistry and biofacturing to deliver unique specialty materials. As an intern at Zymergen, you will work alongside industry leaders to learn, grow, and contribute your best to advance business initiatives and technologies. We strive to create an inclusive work environment where every employee and intern can do their best work and be their true selves. Let’s make tomorrow together!  

Scientific interns, working closely with team scientists and research associates, will have the opportunity to participate in technical activities and advance the development of Zymergen’s first suite of products from high-performing polymers used in next-gen electronics to innovative personal care products. Zymergen is looking for a Chemistry Intern with a computational background to join the Consumer Care Team. The candidate will work on data mining of internal and external databases, ideation of new concepts, working to understand structure-property relations of bioactives and polymer materials. The candidate will work closely with the Chemists and Scientists to participate in technical activities to drive the development of new product development.

We encourage interested candidates from all ethnic groups, genders, sexuality, age, and abilities to apply. If this job description resonates with you, we want to hear from you!


Key Focus Areas of the role may include:

  • Carry out data mining of internal and external databases to generate a library of molecule of interest with applications in consumer care products
  • Use computational models to understand molecule structure-property relationships and materials properties
  • Document and format data for materials characterization and formula compositions
  • Conduct Literature search and market research to aid in the ideation of new project concepts
  • Work closely with Scientists to understand data analysis, experimental/search results, draw conclusions, and identify next steps

For our internship roles, you will need: 

  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (Bachelor’s or Master’s) with at least one semester or quarter remaining post-internship​
  • Available to work 40 hours per week during the summer​
  • Major, experience, or demonstrable interest in the position you apply for
  • Authorization to work in the US

 We are looking for qualifications and experience that includes:

  • Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Chemistry, Polymer Science, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Data Science, or similar quantitative discipline
  • At least 2 yrs of academic experience with a background in computational chemistry and/or photochemistry
  • Excellent communication as well as intercultural skills
  • Open-minded and motivated to work on a multi-cultural team
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong customer service orientation

Additional skills that are preferred but not required:

  • Experience with polymer materials and/or photochemistry
  • Experience using computational chemistry models and tools
  • Highly motivated in a collaborative team environment
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite and ability to utilize new software/automation tools for scientific and business activities
  • Capability to manage multiple ongoing multi-day workflows


As a Z-intern, you will enjoy:

  • Meaningful projects with real business impact
  • Intern Specific Virtual Events 
  • Career Development and Mentorship
  • Peer & Senior Level Networking​
  • Participation in Company All-Hands meetings, Employee Resource Groups, and more!


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Founded in 2013, Zymergen is a science and material innovation company rethinking biology and reimagining the world. A World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Zymergen partners with nature to create never-before imagined materials and products across industries – from agriculture to consumer electronics, personal care to pharmaceuticals, and more. The company’s materials are in use today, creating value for Fortune 1000 companies and major corporations across the globe. Our clients have sold over $1 billion worth of products using Zymergen microbial strains. For more information visit: www.zymergen.com.

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