Research Associate, Materials/Textiles

Bolt Threads

Bolt is a materials company inventing the sustainable textiles and ingredients of the future. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products that solve the problems of a resource-constrained world.

We are collaborative, driven individuals who love creative problem-solving. We’re always on the lookout for curious, resourceful, and motivated people who want to make a lasting impact. Join a diverse team of engineers, scientists, marketers, and consumer product experts.

We’re Looking For...

A Research Associate to help us improve our mycelium textile production process. The ideal candidate will have strong technical fundamentals in material science and/or textile science, practical experience in the design and execution of experiments, as well as an ability to work in a collaborative setting.

You’ll be Excited to Come to Work Because…

- You’ll have the ability to make a significant, positive impact on a team, a company, and the world.

- You’ll get honest feedback that’s given in the service of helping us get better at what we do.

- You’ll encounter unique (often ambiguous) challenges, and diverse teams working to solve them

- You’ll find innovative approaches to science, technology, and culture.

Within the first 30 days you will….

- Familiarize yourself with potential safety hazards in the lab and how to mitigate these.

- Review the data generated on our mycelium textile production process and familiarize yourself with the process.

- Get trained on relevant testing equipment/methods: tensile testers, FT-IR, SEM.

In the first 60 days you will….

- Understand how to acquire and interpret data on the above instruments or using the above methods.

- Start optimizing existing processes to explore how to improve our product.

- Start forming working relationships with peers in Research and Process.

- Be able to execute experiments without direct supervision.

- Be able to communicate your experiments effectively to a broad audience within the company.

This Team will be Excited to Have You Because You Bring...

- Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. materials science, textile science, polymer science).

- 1-3 years of experience with materials characterization / materials construction, in academic or industrial settings.

- A willingness to learn methods to characterize the mechanical and aesthetic properties of materials.

- A passion and willingness to experiment with mycelium materials.

- Ability to work safely in a laboratory environment.

- Good organization skills, time management, written and oral communication skills.

- Proficiency in compiling, analyzing, and presenting data.

Sounds interesting?