Research Chemist-Lab Intern

  • International Fertilizer Development Center
  • Muscle Shoals, AL, USA
  • Jul 08, 2020
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IFDC is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to spread sustainable agricultural solutions for improved soil health, food security, and livelihoods around the world. 

Job Description: 

This internship is for the summer 2020. The intern will serve 240 hours and receive a stipend of $1,000. This position involves analyzing the chemical components of various materials (e.g., agrominerals, soil samples, plant tissues, fertilizers). Duties may include: 

  • Assist in the analyses of various materials related to fertilizers (e.g., splitting, grinding, drying and preparing samples for analysis; labeling, weighing and chemically treating samples; determining the sample compounds using various instruments; analyzing quantitative and qualitative methods of isotopic and non-isotopic fertilizer materials; interpreting data)
  • Assisting in setting-up, conducting and monitoring various experiments in cooperation with senior analysts or scientists (e.g., assisting with initiating and harvesting greenhouse experiments, performing quality control and process control analyses for researchers in bench-scale and pilot plant operations, assisting in experiments for the nitrogen program)
  • Willingness to perform research projects involving fertilizer and related materials
  • Calculating, tabulating and maintaining record of analytical determinations (e.g., entering data into worksheets, preparing experiment reports)
  • Maintaining a neat, clean and safe working environment 


This position requires knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and general chemistry to perform fertilizer, plant and soil analyses. This position requires the ability to work meticulously to carryout analyses according to established procedures. This job may involve the following: 

  • Knowledge of chemistry to properly follow established chemical procedures for analysis in a safe manner 
  • Ability to operate a computer to enter and tabulate analysis results and prepare summary reports 
  • Chemistry, Biology, or related field of study 
  • Preferably current undergraduate juniors or seniors, or recent graduates 
  • Proof of medical insurance required

Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form, High School