ABOUT ALT TEX
ALT TEX is a seed stage biomaterials startup, on a mission to create the world’s most sustainable fabrics through our ALTernative TEXtile innovation. Through our proprietary biotechnology, we’re taking one of the world’s largest landfill contributors – food waste – and re-engineering it into biodegradable and carbon neutral fabrics with polyester-like performance.
Today, our small team has successfully created the food-to-fibre prototype, secured pilot agreements worth $1M and locked in over $1.7M in funding with the support of Canada’s top accelerators like Creative Destruction Lab and NEXT Canada. Now, we’re looking to grow our team of impact-driven innovators as we prepare to launch our fabric in 2022.
ABOUT OUR IMPACT
If you’re interested in joining our mission, you may already know that by 2050, the fashion industry is expected to account for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Leading this environmental footprint with over 7 million tons of annual landfill waste is polyester – a fabric that makes up 60% of the clothes we wear. Join us in leading the change with the next generation of highly sustainable and radically ethical textiles.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Materials Research Intern will support the research team in conducting literary and lab-based R&D for mechanical optimization of the ALT TEX polymer fibre. This role is designed for growth in the company and can lead to a permanent position.
You’re an impact and sustainability focused innovator who wants to use their talent for massively scalable change. You’re a risk taker ready to immerse yourself in an incredibly fast-paced and dynamic team, in a position that offers rapid job growth opportunity. You’re an innovative thinker and want to bring bold ideas to the table where you can supercharge them to fruition.
Job title: Materials Research Intern/Co-op
Terms: Internship/Co-op, full time
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Location: Waterloo, Ontario