Field-Ready Diagnostics OR Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility

Internship: Field-Ready Diagnostics OR Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility

Exciting New Internship Opportunity that offers a Master's Thesis

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Internship: Field-Ready Diagnostics OR Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility

Start Date: CURRENTLY OPEN

Application Deadline: 2 months before intended start date

Standard length of internship: 6 months

Thesis availability: Yes

Fraunhofer USA – Center for Manufacturing Innovation – conducts advanced R&D (Research and Development) and engineering solutions for a broad range of industries, including biotechnology/biomedical, manufacturing, and renewable energy. Our services include product development, device development, high precision automation systems, rapid in vitro diagnostic assays, and rapid in vitro diagnostic instruments.

We currently have two projects available:

Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility:

Our Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility project focuses on developing a system and methodology for rapidly detecting antibiotic resistance in bacteria.  It includes placing the bacteria in microfluidic channels and applying shear stress to the bacteria immobilized at the bottom of the channel. This opportunity also touches on the development of rapid sample preparation methods, from human blood.

While interning for this project, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Dr. Christine McBeth as your supervisor, and your tasks will include:

  •     Studying the effect of stresses to potentiate the action of antibiotics
  •     Integrating sample preparation from blood to the assay
  •     Running experiments on the bacteria to validate the model
  •     Designing and building microfluidic devices

 

Field-Ready Diagnostics:

The goal of our Field-Ready Diagnostics project is to develop a universal platform for lab-free detection of pathogens that can be manufactured on the industrial scale. It includes optimization of isothermal amplification tests (e.g., LAMP) and design and fabrication of multiplexed microfluidic chips. Sitting at the interface of biology and engineering, this opportunity is especially well suited for trainees that are ready to think broadly about getting research out of the lab and into the field.

While interning for this project, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Dr. Christine McBeth as your supervisor and your tasks will include:

  •     Optimizing detection methods for isothermal amplification assays
  •     Integrating sample preparation from saliva to the assay
  •     Running experiments on the viral samples to validate the platform
  •     Designing and building microfluidic devices

 

What we expect:

  •     A good academic record in biology, biotechnology, or similar field
  •     Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organization, combined with the ability to work independently
  •     Experience with molecular biology, microbiology, or similar field is required
  •     Intercultural competences and motivation to integrate into American culture
  •     Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  •     Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

What you can expect from us:

  •     Opportunity to acquire practical research experience through responsibilities
  •     Integration as a fully valued member in our team
  •     Housing in a shared apartment with fellow interns and a monthly stipend

TO APPLY:

  1.     Send an email with Your Name and suggested internship in the subject field
        Example: Jana Fraunhofer for Field-Ready Diagnostics Internship
  2.     Attach your cover letter, resume, transcripts, and any letters of recommendation. Single PDF files are preferred, not required
  3.     Send your email to cmi@fraunhofer.org

 

Please note, thesis projects ARE available with this internship.