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POET Laboratory Intern in Ashton, Iowa


At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and perks including;

  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements

  • Safety and cold weather gear, and more!


    Our 33 biorefining facilities produce 3 billion gallons of bioethanol, 14 billion pounds of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and nearly 1 billion pounds of our Voila corn oil. That’s a lot of product! We also provide plant-based products like CO2 for the food and beverage industry and purified alcohol for use in products ranging from food and beverage ingredients and personal care products to cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and industrial bioethanol. POET also produces JIVE, a product that contributes to more sustainable roadways by using plant-based ingredients to help recycle old asphalt. We also buy over 930 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET Biorefining to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.

    JOB SUMMARY Performs laboratory tests to determine chemical and physical characteristics or composition of plant process samples for such purposes as quality control, process control, or product development by performing the following duties.


  • Collects samples for lab analysis at specified locations, stages of processing and time interval. Labels sample containers with identifying data.

  • Ability to understand and perform lab tests on process samples using wet chemistry methods, microbiological testing and light microscopy techniques. Prepares samples for testing by analytical equipment.

  • Sets up, adjusts and operates laboratory equipment and instruments such as liquid chromatography, Ion chromatography, NIR, centrifuge, pH meters, chemical balance scales, spectrophotometer and other equipment.

  • Performs Quality Assurance/Control analysis on instruments, tools and methods.

  • Performs quality control testing on final products to verify conformity to specifications.

  • Records test results on standardized form, enters daily test results into plant database and communicates this information to appropriate personnel.

  • Maintains safety in the lab by using personal protective equipment as needed, proper labeling of chemical containers, being familiar with Material Safety Data Sheets and maintaining cleanliness of lab.

  • Cleans and sterilizes laboratory equipment.

  • Calibrates laboratory instruments.

  • Prepares chemical solutions according to standard formulas.

  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.

  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


  • Completed junior level courses majoring in Chemistry (preferred) or Biochemistry.

  • Experience working with HPLC, analytical balance, pipettes

  • Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills and the ability to adapt to change.

  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.

  • You have the ability to understand technical and day to day operation of a bioprocessing facility.

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


    At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.


  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.

  • Up to 50% travel will be part of the norm for this position to visit the bioprocessing facilities, meetings and site visits. At times overnight travel may be required.

  • The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.

  • Specific physical requirements include:

  • Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights of less than fifty (50) pounds.

  • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.

  • Opening valves.

  • Occasional lifting of weights up to sixty (60) pounds.

  • Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.

  • Walking up to two (2) miles per day.

  • Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.

  • Standing for extended periods of time.

  • Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.

  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Using hand and power tools.

    POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID 2021-4644

Employment Type Intern

Category Internship

Shift Day

Travel Required Up to 25%

Position Location(s)US-IA-Ashton

FLSA Status Non-Exempt