Chemistry Research Internship

Location: Modesto, CA, US, 95354

Date: Nov 21, 2023

Company: E. & J. Gallo

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Chemistry Research Graduate Student Internship

Duration: 6 months

Start Date: June/June 2024

Location: Modesto, CA



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The Research Educational Program is a unique program in partnership with universities and E. & J. Gallo Winery, offering a 6-month placement opportunity based out of E. & J. Gallo’s headquarters in Modesto, California. This program is part of a research collaboration for Master’s and PhD students to apply their advanced knowledge in analytical chemistry within the E. & J. Gallo Winegrowing Research Chemistry department. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an industrial research environment and increase your skill base for future employment.


What You Will Do

Specific training and project work undertaken by interns may include the following, depending on available placement(s):

Chemistry & Research Applications:

  • Evaluating the chemical characteristics of grapes throughout their maturation process.
  • Implementing rapid chemical methods to measure and monitor juice and wine attributes at the winery.
  • Using advanced analytical instrumentation (e.g. HPLC, GC-MS, FTIR, GPC, IC and ITC) to perform chemical analyses to characterize grapes, fermentations, and wines.
  • Modeling the relationship of products chemistry to sensory attributes.
  • Using computer software to statistically analyze data.
  • Working in a production setting during harvest. This can include harvesting experimental grapes in the vineyard, operating grape processing equipment, taking samples from tanks in the winery and analyzing grape and wine quality.
  • Assisting in the set-up of laboratory, pilot scale, or production experiments.



  • Hiring Salary Range Posted: $24 - $25 / hour
  • Actual compensation paid within the range will be determined by factors such as the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data


What You Will Need

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Currently enrolled at a University and working towards a Master’s OR PhD’s in the school of Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or Engineering OR obtained a Master’s OR PhD in the school of Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or Engineering.
  • Strong applied technical skills and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Candidates for this position must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. Required to obtain a California driver’s license or appropriate state driver’s license within 30 days of hire.
  • Reliable transportation to and from work.
  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs. when necessary.
  • Required to work overtime, including evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.
  • Required to be 21 years of age or older.

Min Quals Standard

  • Required to be 18 years or older. This may be in addition to other age requirements, if applicable, as listed in this job description.


What Will Set You Apart

  • Hands-on experience with quantitative analytical chemistry using chromatographic techniques, including HPLC or GC-MS.
  • Hands-on experience with method development and validation using advanced analytical instruments such as GPC and ITC
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing multiple assignments. Self-motivated with a passion for research.
  • Willingness to work at heights of up to 50 feet, on tops of tanks inspecting wine surfaces when necessary.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs. when necessary.
  • Willingness to work under conditions that can include hot & cool temperatures, insects, and being in an industrial plant environment.
  • Willingness to travel and perform short term tasks at out of town winery and vineyard sites.
  • Willingness to drive company truck and commercial van to transport grape and wine samples to different Gallo facilities

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We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gallo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at 209.341.7000.


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