Posted On Mar 31

Research Intern - Microfluidics


Location : Palo Alto, CA

Hiring Mode : Intern

Experience : Entry Level

Full Job Description
City: Palo Alto
State/Province: California
Country: United States
Department: Student Programs
Working time: Full-time
Ref#: 20010730
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Job Type: Internship
Job Field: Student Programs
Description & Requirements
PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients. Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

The Hardware Research and Technology Laboratory (HRTL) at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) is a group of multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers who enjoy the opportunity to invent and develop new technologies, foster innovation, and launch new businesses. Research in HRTL includes 3D printing, sensor systems for the IoT, carbon capture technology, applications of artificial intelligence, digital x-ray detection, life science instrumentation, robotics and much more.

We are seeking an intern in the Photonics Systems group who will contribute to an ongoing project developing a novel optical calorimetry platform aimed at revolutionizing the process of drug discovery. This individual will work with a team to develop and deploy a key component of the platform, a method to measure the concentration of incoming aqueous reagents in-line. As a key contributor and owner of this subsystem, there will be the potential for generating new IP and co-authoring publications.

  • Evaluate options for a concentration encoder system
  • Choose the optimal concentration encoding system and carry out a proof-of-concept measurement
  • Validate the method of Taylor-Aris dispersion for generating a concentration gradient in fluidic input lines
  • Integrate a commercial autosampler with the concentration encoder system

  • BS or MS degree in bioengineering/physics/applied physics/electrical engineering or similar
  • Experience with biochemistry, microfluidics, optical systems, lasers, photodetectors, fluorescence measurements, cameras
  • Experience with programming and lab automation in MATLAB/Python/LabView/C++
  • Experience using presentation tools, Office suite or similar
  • Team player, self-motivated, hands-on experimentalist

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