STEM Intern - Research Assistant

State College, PA
Student (College)

STEM Intern - Research Assistant

  • Flexible Work Hours:  10-15 hours per week, complimentary to Class Schedules
  • Great Resume-Building Work in an R & D setting!
  • Pay: $15-$20 per hours, commensurate with experience
  • Innovation Park, State College, PA Work Location
  • Easy Access Options: CATA “Red Link” bus service, bike racks, or convenient on-site parking

spotLESS Materials, Inc. is an exciting startup spinning out multifunctional anti-fouling coating technology originally developed by Penn State researchers with the mission of using technology to make a positive global impact in sanitation, water, and sustainability. Based in State College, PA, spotLESS Materials, Inc. is currently seeking local talent for a Research Assistant position to expand and facilitate our research and development initiatives.

Research Assistant position details:

We are looking for a capable, passionate, and reliable STEM Intern Research Assistant to support our company’s growing research and development activities. As a STEM Intern Research Assistant, you will perform scientific literature surveys, plan and conduct scientific experiments, collect and analyze data, and prepare and summarize project results and report to project supervisors.


  • Conduct literature review
  • Develop experimental plans and procedures under the guidance of a project supervisor
  • Perform routine experimental characterizations and measurements of surface coatings under the guidance of a project supervisor
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Maintain an accurate record of laboratory data
  • Prepare experimental plots and summarize project results
  • Prepare presentation materials
  • Prepare progress reports
  • Attend project meetings
  • Perform other related duties as required by the project supervisor


  • Bachelor degree or undergraduate student career track in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, and/or Biomedical Engineering
  • Ability to work independently and accurately with excellent organization and problem solving skills
  • Ability to apply sound research techniques, methodology, and logical critical analysis
  • Detailed note taking and laboratory data organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Timeliness and excellent time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills via email, Slack, etc.
  • Must inform supervisors of any conflicts at least 24 hours in advance
  • Must respond quickly to verbal and written communication
  • Ability to safely handle chemical when performing experiments following new employee safety training,
  • Must follow lab safety procedures
  • Computer competency; interest and ability to learn new software
  • Team player with organizational skills
  • The job requires having the physical dexterity and ability to also handle experimental samples and operate experimental equipment, including but not limited to:
    • Regularly work on repetitive experimental measurements
    • Regularly use hands and fingers to manipulate, control, or feel objects, including small samples (~1 – 5 cm in size)
    • Regularly use fine finger mobility
    • Regularly use chemicals
    • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to gloves and eye protection
    • Must be able to read and understand, an appropriately apply information found on product safety data sheets
    • Regularly speak clearly so listeners can understand
    • Regularly understand the speech of another person
  • If hired, must adhere to all company policies and procedures, lab safety protocol, and other industry-related best practices/standards

NOTE: This role involves chemical handling, so some familiarity/working knowledge of lab safety is a definite plus


Check out our website! To apply, tell us why you are interested in this position in a short cover letter and include your resume. Answer a few questions and click submit. It's that easy to apply right now!

  • This is NOT a remote work position; all work is to be performed from the company’s office which is sited in Innovation Park in State College, PA.
  • The company actively assists CPT/OPT-eligible students in achieving their career objectives; CPT/OPT eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.  This company does not sponsor applicants for work visas.
  • The Company reserves the right to alter, change, modify and/or terminate this job posting at any time without notice, or obligation. No recruiters, please; principal applicants only.

spotLESS Materials, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer including disability/vets. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.



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