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Positions: Photonics research and development engineer
Location: Stanford, CA
Innovation Area: Energy, Food, Water, Human Health and Environment Nexus
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

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We are seeking creative and collaborative scientists and engineers to help pioneer next-generation of cell handling and characterization. We are developing a rapid and low-cost optical technology to identify bacterial pathogens in various media such as food, water and biofluids. Instead of relying on bacterial cultures to amplify the number of pathogens to a detectable level, we use bioprinting to split the sample into single-cellular pixels. Optical spectral images, in conjunction with state-of-the-art algorithms, are used to detect and identify pathogens in the sample, down to the single-pathogen level.

Successful candidates will be working with a team of researchers within Stanford facilities and will take the lead in testing, characterizing, and optimizing our second-generation low-cost spectrometers to be deployed and evaluated onsite.


  • Use optical simulations tools to design and develop our next generation spectrometer.
  • Design and execute experiments for spectral interrogation of cellular samples using our home-built spectrometer.
  • Perform basic spectral data analysis.
  • Explore design options for a fully integrated platform.

Who Should Apply

We welcome applicants at any stage in their career who are passionate about sustainability, enthusiastic to work on a multidisciplinary project, and unafraid to learn new skills. 

Required Expertise

  • Basic experience in optical spectroscopy and instrumentation.
  • Familiarity with data analysis software (Matlab and/or python)
  • Knowledge of optical system design and simulation tools.
  • Familiarity with nanoscale fabrication techniques is a huge plus.

Preferred Skills/Majors

Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science