CO-OP Student

Date: Jun 16, 2019

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Group 48—Bioengineering Systems and Technologies


The Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group seeks to improve the performance of human-centered missions through preventing injury and disease, improving sensing and identification of people and their environment, and speeding rehabilitation and recovery. This goal is accomplished through five broad technical areas: biomedical sensing, neurocognitive technologies, synthetic biology, bioinformatics and biometrics/forensics. Biomedical sensing includes advanced sensors, algorithms, modeling, prototyping, and field testing of technologies to diagnose disease, predict outcomes, avoid injuries, and monitor and enhance human performance. Our applied neurocogntive research enables objective, technology-based enhancements to neurological, cognitive, & psychological health, performance and recovery. The three main neurocognitive goals include increasing cognitive and psychological performance and resilience; measuring, modeling, and modifying the brain to mitigate neurotrauma and neurodegeneration; and developing human-machine interfaces for enhanced performance and communication.  The  synthetic biology research area emphasizes the development of tools and techniques that will greatly speed the design, evaluation, and assessment of genome-wide engineering approaches through highly integrated microfluidic devices. Bioinformatics is applied across the group to uncover signatures in high-throughput genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data sets. Biometrics and forensics research is developing technologies and systems for human identification, including rapid DNA analysis, standoff biometric sensing, scientific validation of forensic techniques, and integrated architecture analyses. This highly interdisciplinary group draws on skills from biology, biochemistry, biosignal processing, neuroscience, cognitive science, engineering, computer science, physics, and medical research areas. Primary government sponsors are in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice, as well as the National Institutes of Health.


Job Description

Job Description:

Candidate will participate in projects to design, prototype, and test novel microfluidic devices in support of projects ranging from bacterial cell culture to high-throughput DNA circuit assembly. These projects will be in support of the group's efforts in biodefense, synthetic biology, and biomedical research. In collaboration with the research team, the candidate will assist with making device molds, fabricating and assembling devices, designing and testing fluidic and other interconnection systems, and performing experiments with the completed microfluidic systems.


The candidate is a student in a B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, or similar program. Experience in assembling or testing PDMS microfluidic devices is highly desired.  Experience working in a clean room and/or biosafety level 2 research laboratory is a plus.  Experience working with anaerobic bacterial culture is highly desired. 


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