We are looking for a student intern to design, test and optimize custom devices for life science research. The intern will be supervised by an experienced biomedical engineer in the Schomer Lab (sponsored by the Lau Lab) at Farmington, CT. The position requires basic understanding in electronics and some experience in assembling small devices; for example, if you can follow a manual and assemble a remote-controlled toy car or drone, you will be able to complete the tasks. Some custom design and optimization will be carried out by the intern; therefore, independent thinking, attention to details and a high standardard for quality are required. The intern will have the opportunity to interact with researchers in genomic medicine and cancer biology in an enriched learning environment. This position is well suited for a biomedical engineering student with interests in next-generateion life science research.
The intern will learn how to set up and optimize small laboratory devices for specific biomedical applications. The intern will also develop skills in biomaterial and cell-material interface design and engineering. Successful completion of the tasks that lead to novel findings of cell behavior will entitle co-authorship for scientific publications.
• Setup, test and validate a standard electrostimulation system
• Setup, test and validate a microfluidic perfusion system
• Assist in identifying commercial accessories for interfacing devices with live cells
• Custom-fabrication of accessories for interfacing devices with life cells
• Custom-fabrication of biomaterials for cell culture
• Develop protocols and documentations to enable knowledge-transfer
• Basic understanding of the working mechanism of electronic devices and hydrolic pressure-driven mechanics
• Proficient in using small hand tools, such as pliers, twizers, screw drivers, tapes, scissors, etc. Resourcefulness with small mechanics is highly desirable.
• Attention to details, high standard of quality, can-do attitude.
• Failure is allowed, and trial-and-error is encouraged; therefore, honesty and outcome-driven attitude are required
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.
JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!
Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, and pre-employment physical.
The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.
Learn more about career opportunities at JAX: http://www.jax.org/careers.