LanzaTech

Skokie, Illinois

LanzaTech is revolutionizing the way the world thinks about waste carbon by treating it as an opportunity instead of a liability. The company has developed a carbon recycling technology to convert pollution to products using proprietary engineered microbes and a novel gas fermentation process. Not even 10 years ago, gas fermenting microbes were considered genetically inaccessible. LanzaTech has pioneered genetic engineering of gas fermenting organisms and developed a first anaerobic biofoundry. Using this platform, the company has demonstrated production of over 50 new molecules including biofuels, commodity and specialty chemicals and bioplastics. In May 2018, LanzaTech started operation of its first full commercial scale plant using steel mill waste gases as feedstock, with additional commercial projects using other industrial waste gases or agricultural and urban waste as feedstock in the pipeline. LanzaTech has won numerous awards and was recognized as the #1 Hottest company in the Advanced Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest.

The internship will be within LanzaTech’s Synthetic Biology team that is responsible for development and optimization of new strains and products and advancing the genetic toolbox and biofoundry operation for the organism. Working is performed in an intradisciplinary project team that includes fermentation scientists, bioinformatic and data scientists, analytical scientists, engineers and modellers. Potential activities include implementation of new Synthetic Biology tools (e.g. multiplexed genome editing, gene circuits), metabolic engineering of new pathways (e.g. cell-free prototyping, combinatorial assembly) or automation of workflows (e.g. Biofoundry optimization, NGS sequencing, enzyme screening).

Anticipated number of internship positions: 4