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Visiting Graduate Student (Student Intern) – Microfluidics (micro droplets)

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Role Description: 

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a Visiting Graduate Student (student intern) position to work in a Microfluidic droplet maker project in the laboratory of the Institute Director, Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., which will be led by Vaskar Gnyawali, Ph.D. The position will focus on optimizing and validating a newly developed technology to generate large-scale micro-droplets and emulsions.

Applicants should have a basic understanding of the physics of fluids and microfluidic devices. The candidate will have one primary mentor. The candidate can expect rigorous training, exposure to multiple disciplines, business developmental processes and in-depth learning about the technology.

In this role you will:

  • Summarize, present, and share key findings with an interdisciplinary, scientific team in a cogent, organized manner
  • Design and execute new experiments, metrics, and methodologies
  • Collaborate with other researchers to address and solve new challenges and unanticipated problems as they arise
  • Work independently, in a detail-oriented, self-driven manner

What you’ll Need:

  • Must hold and/or be enrolled in an MS degree in the field of Bioengineering, Mechanical engineering, Physics, or a closely related discipline
  • Scientific, Practical, and Interpersonal Skills:
    • Soft Skills: communication, adaptability, independent thinking, efficiency, self-drive
    • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
    • Scientific Skills: design and implementation of scientific protocols, analysis of scientific literature and datasets


  • Experience with microfluidic droplet technology

Where You Can Apply:

Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete resume and a cover letter describing research interests, goals, and why you would be a good fit for this program. Applications should be sent to using the subject line “Visiting Graduate Student – Microfluidics (micro droplets)”. Ph.D. holders are not eligible for this position. The position is unpaid. The applicant must either receive academic credit for the internship, or have secured an external source of fellowship support.

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