Pow.bio provides intelligent fermentation services for industrial and synthetic biology, helping turn great ideas into profitable products. Pow combines continuous fermentation with advanced control methodology to quickly optimize fermentation processes and deliver high yields at low costs. We provide small-scale tank space for bacteria, yeast, and filamentous fungus programs and just opened our own food-grade production space to serve clients innovating in the future of food. Pow is a small team founded by a Berkeley PhD graduate and two industry veterans. We are based in West Berkeley.

Pow is searching for a summer intern to help us push the boundaries of industrial fermentation. The ideal candidate will have hands on experience with data processing of large streams of time series data, cleaning, processing, and then visualizing and extracting meaning from the data.

You'll be working with a small and growing team of people passionate about synthetic biology and fermentation. This will not be a big company internship. You won't be washing glassware (not all the time) nor running the same reaction over and over again. You'll be a member of a research team that has fun while trying to meet aggressive timelines.

Required skills

  • Working towards a BS or BA in bioengineering, computer science, chemical engineering, or related field.
  • Ability to work in a small team, fast pace, with all the excitement and uncertainty that can accompany a startup experience.
  • Experience with data transformation and cleaning, statistical analysis, and visual presentation.
  • Statistics and programming experience (python, javascript, jupyter, D3.js, observable, jupyter, grafana).
  • Knowledge of building machine learning pipelines from scratch (tensorflow, keras, gym).
  • Experience with github.
  • Detailed record keeping and practice with data analysis and presentation.

Desired skills

  • Knowledge of fermentation processes, including upstream and downstream.
  • IoT skills (raspberry pi, Arduino, node-red, MQTT, AWS)
  • Machine communication (serial, modbus, opc-ua)

The internship will run 10–12 weeks during the summer of 2021, beginning in either late May or early June. This is a paid internship.