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Coop, Research / BWH Gastroenterology

Company: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

General Summary:

We are seeking a highly self-motivated and organized individual to work as a cooperative (co-op) education student, part-time, in the Traverso Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Our research group consists of chemists, biologists, engineers, pharmaceutical scientists, and physicians and focuses on developing clinically relevant solutions to a host of challenges such as infectious diseases and cancer.

The student will contribute towards developing ultra long-term and triggerable drug delivery systems, including oral drug delivery systems that reside in the gastrointestinal tract for >1 month. Primary responsibilities include materials synthesis and physicochemical characterization, in vitro testing of materials on cells/tissues and in vivo analyses in small and large animals. General responsibilities include operating lab equipment, conducting experiments, collecting data, recording and documenting experimental procedures and results, consulting scientific literature as needed, analyzing and summarizing results, and working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Job Requirements:


  • B.S./B.A. major in biomedical engineering, material science, chemical engineering, bioengineering or a related field;
  • Commitment to producing accurate and high-quality data;
  • Experience of conducting tests following instructions and operating and maintaining technical instruments/equipment;
  • One or two years of prior experience working in a laboratory environment (at the undergraduate level is acceptable);
  • Strong organizational, time management and documentation skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills and strong communication and writing skills;
  • Willingness to learn new scientific tools and techniques quickly;
  • Applicant will be trained to perform techniques in experiments, including techniques related to animal work. After sufficient training, the intern is expected to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Awareness of basic safety requirements and ability to follow safety procedures and maintain a safe work environment.

PREFERRED (whichever applies):

  • Relevant experience in novel drug delivery technologies (e.g., micro/nano particles, polymer coatings/matrices, and hydrogels).
  • Relevant experience with standard molecular, cell and animal techniques, including flow cytometry, PCR, tissue harvest and processing and other techniques as needed.
  • Relevant experience in polymer synthesis and characterization techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) / gel permeation chromatography (GPC) / scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/ rheology / differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) / dynamic light scattering (DLS), etc.

Keywords: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cambridge , Coop, Research / BWH Gastroenterology, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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