STEM Intern - Research Assistant

State College, PA
Internship
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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Requirements

  • 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

TO APPLY:

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 careers@spotlessmaterials.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

 

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