Internship researcher bacteria dyeing

At Waag Society, institute for art, science and technology, creative technology is developed for social innovation. We research technology, develop concepts, run pilots, create prototypes and act as an intermediate between the arts, science and the public. In the last year a number of prototypes have been developed on the intersection between our TextileLab and Open Wetlab, bridging material and biosciences, including biological textile dyeing techniques.

We are testing with real industrial partners to understand the implications for the textile and clothing industry. Now it is our ambition to continue this research and further experiment with pigmented bacteria, to find alternatives to the dye sector in the textile industry. Therefore we offer a unique opportunity to be part of that journey to an intern.

Your main tasks will be to experiment in our Open WetLab and explore which pigment producing bacteria are able to stain textiles and are suitable for a dye production. The outcomes of your research will be further tested by laboratories with a specific testing equipment, to better understand which bacteria and dyes are fit for standards.

We invite anyone with a background in chemistry, biology or microbiology to apply for this internship position. Someone with an appetite for hands-on experimentation, interested in combining their background with the researchers at the TextileLab to find interesting alternative for the second most polluting industry in the world.

Next to the Open WetLab and TextileLab, Waag Society also houses a fully operational Fablab. So you’ll have direct access to prototyping facilities and manufacturing tools to speed up the process.

Interns are compensated by 300 euro a month to cover expenses. A minimal internship period of three months is required. For applications, please find the contact information on the right hand side of the page.

More information about this internship is available by contacting Pieter van Boheemen or Cecilia Raspanti.