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Seagate Technology is Hiring!

These postings expire on Handshake on December 6, 2019

  • Physics or Chemist – Lithography Development Sustaining – Entry Level
    • The Lithography Process Development group is looking for an engineer with extraordinary potential to take responsibility for off-shift Lithography operations. This Process Engineer reports into the Wafer Process Development Team, located at Seagate’s R&D site in Bloomington, MN. 
  • Engineer – Supplier Quality – Entry Level 
    • The Supplier Engineering organization works together with Design, Manufacturing, the Materials organization and our suppliers to ensure that components delivered to our factory allow us to produce products that lead the industry in performance and reliability.
  • Engineer – Disk Drive Test Platforms – Entry Level
    • The Test Platform Design group resides within the Recording Head Technology organization and is charged with specifying, staging, co-developing and qualifying next-generation test systems for recording head and hard disk drive development. Devices and systems under test include magnetic read/write heads and media, the tribology of the head/disk interface, and the adjacent parts of the recording subsystem including preamplifiers and read/write communications channels. 
  • Engineer – Firmware – Entry Level
    • The team develops and maintains firmware for Reliability of our Disc Drive products. This includes Firmware features to data reliability and retention, head reliability, head disc interface reliability. Our products are manufactured for 5 year warranty and our team is responsible for supporting extended use under a wide variety of operating conditions. This role is critical in supporting teams across the organization to build highly optimized firmware designs for storage products.

What the Best Product Manager Candidates Say During an Interview

Article by Magdalena Georgieva on Hubspot. Read the article here.

Whether you’re trying to break into the world of product management or have been part of it for years, interviewing for a product manager role is hard. There’s no one right answer to any question because there’s no one right way to do product management. The skills and perspectives that would make you a great PM at one organization might not translate at others. But there’s one thing that is true across the board and that’s that preparation can make or break an interview.

Talking to some PMs on my team and interviewing PM candidates over the past few years, we’ve started to see a handful of themes that have made interviewees stand out. They’re not just bright, they’ve done their homework and know how to demonstrate their strategic thinking. So while product management at HubSpot is different than it is at other companies, these are universally valuable guidelines that I think can help candidates leave strong impressions anywhere.

1. Know the Product Well Enough to Critique It

Do your due diligence to research the company you’re interviewing with. If you can, use their product through a trial, watch a demo, and spend time exploring their website. We sometimes interview PM candidates who don’t have a clear understanding of what our software does even though all the information (like trials, free tools, videos, detailed product pages) is available to them. It’s not hard to do your homework, and if you want bonus points: Develop opinions on what you think works well and what could be better based on some of the key use cases you identify. Don’t get too stuck on UI and aesthetics but focus on jobs-to-be-done and flows.

2. Ground Your Strategic Thinking in an Example

Walking through an example is a great way for your interviewers to gauge how much experience you have, but more importantly, to see how you think. Consider the product problems you worked on in previous roles and how you prioritized, socialized and addressed them. Was it in a mature product or a brand new product? Does the example demonstrate your product vision or the ability to follow through and execute? If this is your first venture into product management, what was a side project you worked on that exercised those skills? Illustrate your skill set through the best example that helps interviewers picture you in the role.

3. Know Why You Like or Dislike Specific Products

One of the most popular questions companies ask PM candidates is to share a product you like or don’t like, and the reasons for that opinion. This isn’t about the specific product at all and it shouldn’t get personal. It should demonstrate your critical thinking and whether you can identify real problems. It will show that you are observant, have opinions, and are analytical in your evaluation of product management. 

For example, one of my favorite tools is Duolingo because it’s goal- and persona-driven. It presents a staged approach to learning based on the user’s goal. Before you start using it, users have to self-identify as a type of learner – casual, serious or very ambitious – which personalizes their experience with the app. It helps users reach their goal but doesn’t make them feel guilty if they aren’t quickly collecting points. In this way, it’s a very guilt-free, easy and customized way to engage with the app while working toward a goal.

Look at the products and apps you use, your friends use, or that you read about and look at them from an objective product management view. Why is it valuable for users? Why isn’t it?

4. Show That You’re a Maker

Christopher O’Donnell, VP of Sales Products at HubSpot, has taught us to look for a maker when we interview PM candidates. What does this mean? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Is the candidate a creator of things? These things could be hobbies like playing in a band, making jewelry, or writing a cooking blog. If a candidate spends their free time passionately, then they’ll probably carry that passion over to product development and could inspire those around them to create, too. If you have a hobby or side project that you’re passionate about, talk about it. Don’t worry about whether it’s relevant or quirky; you’d be surprised by some of the stories we’ve heard in interviews that made us realize a candidate has that critical piece of maker DNA.

5. Talk About Your Failures

The best product lessons are learned through making painful mistakes. That’s why Andy Pitre, one of our senior PMs, likes to hear candidates talk about times they fell short and what they learned from that experience. What was a time that you took too long to release something? When you didn’t talk to enough users? When you didn’t have the right data to make informed decisions? How did that affect what you were building? How have you changed your approach to avoid the same missteps now? Interviewers want to see that you can make mistakes gracefully and use them as a learning opportunity. So, be honest about what went wrong and how you’re using that lesson to improve today. In the wise words of Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

6. Lean into Your Strength

PMs have different superpowers from technical knowledge to previous product management experience, to strong domain expertise or a solid understanding of the primary customer, to knowledge of the company culture. Angela DeFranco, a PM here, suggests carefully considering which strength you would bring to the table and lean on it. For example, you may not have a ton of technical background but you might know the customer persona really well which will give you an advantage over other candidates. Ultimately, you want to be able to earn the respect of your team with this superpower.

7. Be Curious in Your Questions

Strong PM candidates are generally good listeners and ask thought-provoking questions. Jeremy Crane, VP of Marketing Products at HubSpot, said “My favorite interviews are the ones where the conversation just flows as a series of questions and answers back and forth.” This usually happens because a candidate is curious and passionate, both critical product management skills. Jeremy added, “When interviewees have good questions, I consider that the measure of true curiosity.”

Don’t worry too much about googling which questions to ask before your interview. Instead, be engaged in the conversation and dig in when something piques your curiosity. At HubSpot, for example, a question like “How many product packages do you have?” is weak because this is information you could have found online. But the question “How do you decide how to package each product tier?” is more interesting because it will reveal a process, get the interviewee to think deeper, and spark discussion.

Asking good questions also demonstrates that you are actually using the interview as a learning opportunity. “If I feel like they are trying to learn something just sitting there with me versus just trying to get a job, I know they are truly interested in curiosity-driven learning,” added Jeremy.

These are just some of the things we like to hear in our interviews with potential PM hires. Do you have any specific questions that you’ve asked, or have been asked, and would recommend? Are there questions you aren’t sure how to answer? Let me know in the comments and I’m happy to help!

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Amazon Operations: Area Manager Intern – Expires December 4, 2019

This role is a 10 week internship starting in the summer of 2020.

Amazon is looking for college students with high potential who are ready to own their impact in Amazon Operations as an Area Manager Intern. We promise you will have your leadership capacity stretched to its full potential. As a front-line leader, you will have an opportunity to truly invest in others and develop a people-focused leadership style, while mastering the tools, processes, and operations that have created the most customer-centric company on Earth. If you want to be involved in continuing to define the future of online retail, and are dynamic and an organized self-starter, join our team in Amazon Operations as an Area Manager Intern opportunities.

As an Area Manager Intern, you will have the opportunity to lead and develop your own team of Amazon Associates in a distribution warehouse environment. Your main focus will be motivating, mentoring and coaching your team. As a servant leader, the Area Manager will ensure that their team of Amazon Associates have all the tools needed to succeed for any task during a shift. Engaging with your team during a shift to ensure that the highest levels of safety, quality, attendance performance and engagement are maintained are core functions of the role. Come learn how the largest online retailer in the world runs its fulfillment and delivery networks!What is fulfillment you ask? Fulfillment is how we refer to completing or fulfilling a customer’s Amazon.com order and the acts of picking, packing, shipping and delivering their order to meet or exceed their expectations!

Program Quick Facts & Locations:· The position is NOT a corporate role and will be located in a Fulfillment Center, Sort Center, Delivery Station, or other warehouse environment· Must be willing to relocate nationwide for the summer with relocation assistance (position location is most heavily weighted on business need but will also take into account individual location preference)· Term: 10 weeks during the summer of 2020· Competitive Salary, Relocation and Housing Assistance· An offer for full time employment may be given after the internship· You must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and/or overnight shifts and overtime in peak season and as needed

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, and develop a team of 50 to 200 Amazon Associates
  • Drive Standard Work and Continuous Improvement through an intern project
  • Communicate policies to Associates and act as the primary information source for the team, maintaining compliance and consistency and taking corrective action when needed
  • Create, manage and support recognition and communication programs
  • Support all safety programs and OSHA compliance to ensure a safe work environment for all Associates
  • Ensure procedures are followed for building security and product loss prevention
  • Partner with the management team to establish and maintain quality control standards
  • Develop performance goals and objectives to achieve customer promise expectations and ensure accuracy and quality

Amazon Operations: Area Manager 2020 Northeast (NY, NJ, MA, CT) – Expires December 4, 2019

Amazon is looking for high-potential leaders, who are ready to own their impact in Amazon Operations as an entry-level manager. We promise you will have your leadership capacity stretched to its full potential. As a front-line leader, you will have an opportunity to truly invest in others and develop a people-focused leadership style, while mastering the tools, processes, and operations that have created the most customer-centric company on Earth. If you want to be involved in continuing to define the future of online retail, and are dynamic and an organized self-starter, join our team in Amazon Operations as an Area Manager—opportunities nationwide!

As an Area Manager, you will have the opportunity to lead and develop your own team of Amazon Associates in a distribution warehouse environment. Your main focus will be motivating, mentoring and coaching your team. As a servant leader, the Area Manager will ensure that their team of Amazon Associates have all the tools needed to succeed for any task during a shift. Engaging with your team during a shift to ensure that the highest levels of safety, quality, attendance performance and engagement are maintained are core functions of the role. Come learn how the largest online retailer in the world runs its fulfillment and delivery networks!

What is fulfillment you ask? Fulfillment is how we refer to completing or fulfilling a customers Amazon.com order and the acts of picking, packing, shipping and delivering their order to meet or exceed their expectations!

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and/or overnight shifts
  • Ability to work overtime both in peak season and as needed
  • Locations and Placement:· The position is NOT a corporate role and will be located in a Fulfillment Center, Sort Center, Delivery Station, or other warehouse environment
  • Must be willing to relocate at time of hire (position location is most heavily weighted on business need but will also take into account individual location preference)

Key Responsibilities:

  • ·Lead, manage, and develop a team of 50 to 200 Amazon Associates
  • Communicate policies to Associates and act as the primary information source for the team, maintaining compliance, consistency, and taking corrective action when needed
  • Create, manage, and support recognition and communication programs
  • Support all safety programs and OSHA compliance to ensure a safe work environment for all Associates
  • Ensure procedures are followed for building security and product loss prevention
  • Partner with the management team to establish and maintain quality control standards
  • Develop performance goals and objectives to achieve customer demand and ensure accuracy and quality

These Research Positions Expire This Week!

Learn more and apply on Handshake. These postings expire December 6, 2019.

  • Research Technologist
    • The position will involve moderately complex work assignments as well as documenting laboratory work and maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies. Candidate must also be able to collaborate with research staff, independently conduct testing and review results for accuracy and completeness. Preference will be given to candidates who display a strong ability and willingness to be cross trained by experienced team members in a multidisciplinary biomedical scientific team.
  • Research Technologist
    • The job will involve working in multi-disciplinary scientific teams to develop/characterize formulations and develop/validate/apply analytical chemistry methods for sample analysis. Working in the laboratory to process and analyze samples using Gas Chromatography (GC) with FID/ECD/MS detection, Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).
  • Research Technologist
    • Under general direction, the Pathology Research Technologist will perform a variety of tasks in the Pathology and Histology laboratories. Work will include grossing (trimming) in animal tissue samples, embedding, microtomy, automated and manual staining (including special staining), and cover slipping of paraffin processed tissue. Additional duties include laboratory equipment maintenance, preparing solutions, assisting in digital slide scanning, and administrative support for the pathology department. Work may also include working with animals to perform a variety of routine procedures.
  • Research Technologist
    • Will perform a variety of tasks following established techniques and procedures. Perform experimental procedures and surgeries, tissue processing, perform histochemical stainings, imaging and analysis, animal and behavioral testing. Will be responsible for preparation and maintenance of the equipment, ordering supplies and animals. Works with a variety of animal species and tasks will involve both in-vivo and in-vitro procedures.
  • Research Technologist – Chemistry
    • The job will involve working in multi-disciplinary scientific teams to develop/characterize formulations and develop/validate/apply analytical chemistry methods for sample analysis. Working in the laboratory to process and analyze samples using Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas Chromatography (GC). 
  • Research Technologist – Chemistry
    • The job will involve working in multi-disciplinary scientific teams to develop/characterize formulations and develop/validate/apply analytical chemistry methods for sample analysis. Working in the laboratory to process and analyze samples using Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas Chromatography (GC).
  • Research Technologist – Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • The job will involve working in multi-disciplinary scientific teams to develop/characterize formulations and develop/validate/apply analytical chemistry methods for sample analysis. Working in the laboratory to process and analyze samples using Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas Chromatography (GC).  
  • Research Technologist – Aerosol
    • The position will involve moderately complex work assignments as well as documenting laboratory work and maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies. Candidate must also be able to collaborate with research staff, independently conduct testing and review results for accuracy and completeness. Preference will be given to candidates who display a strong ability and willingness to be cross trained by experienced team members in a multidisciplinary biomedical scientific team.

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has a Research Position on Handshake!

The Wang lab has one opening for a Research Assistant in the Department of Molecular & Systems Biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an interest in both basic and translational biomedical research, particularly in cancer epigenetics. We welcome individuals with degrees in biology, biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, and/or computer science.

The Wang lab studies the SWI/SNF (mBAF) family of chromatin remodeling complexes, large multi-subunit complexes that are mutated in more than 20% of human cancers. We have previously established that SWI/SNF complexes play critical roles in regulating chromatin structure and gene expression, and that disruption of these roles can create specific dependencies in numerous cancers. As such, targeting the SWI/SNF subunits that constitute these dependencies could yield novel cancer therapies. We use cancer cell line models combined with molecular, biochemical, and bioinformatic approaches such as CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing platform, protein immunoprecipitation coupled with mass-spectrometry, next-generation sequencing such as ChIP-Seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-Seq, Hi-C to research these possibilities. 

Specifically, we seek to:

  1. Understand how the SWI/SNF complex is assembled and how this process controls targeting of the complex on chromatin
  2. Investigate the role of the SWI/SNF complex in controlling chromatin regulatory elements, particularly enhancers
  3. Identify specific cancer dependencies created by SWI/SNF complex mutations and study their underlying mechanisms

Research Assistant applicants should send their CV to: Xiaofeng.Wang@Dartmouth.edu

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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Consider these Recently Posted Fellowships

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Combined Dermatology and Clinical Research Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Fellowship with DermCare Experts & Beacon Clinical Research 

Program participants also work as certified clinical research coordinators fully responsible for leading a variety of trials sponsored by multinational pharmaceutical companies, and will have a first look at therapeutics in the pipeline. Under the supervision of the principal investigator, fellows serve as the main contact for the pharmaceutical study monitor, while managing all aspects of patient recruitment and trial execution. Although many studies are dermatology trials, Beacon also works on rheumatology, internal medicine, and urology trials. Fellows are expected to attend fully-funded research training conferences for the trials they run.

Fellows will also be asked to engage after hours in academic pursuits related to what they are learning in clinic. They are asked to read widely, ranging from textbooks to medical journals, as well as the popular press about hot button issues in medicine. Clearly, they will be expected to gain dermatology knowledge, and they may be responsible for leading discussions about issues they encounter in clinic by delivering presentations to their peers. Additionally, they have the opportunity to attend the clinic’s lecture series on a variety of medical topics by invited speakers; grand rounds; educational dinner lectures at restaurants in metro Boston; and dermatology conferences both in-town and out-of-town, the latter for which housing and transportation would be funded. Fellows are also encouraged to write publishable work when the opportunities arise.
Through the program’s contacts, they also have the chance to shadow and network with physicians in other fields of medicine, thus expanding their understanding of different specialties. In addition, fellows work side by side with medical students who at times rotate through the clinic.

Fellows also spearhead the clinic’s community and public health outreach, by arranging free skin cancer screenings and a variety of programming at community organizations.

Finally, fellows may join the physician on international medical mission trips, which would be paid time although expenses such as flights, hotel, and personal spending are the fellow’s responsibility.

With this holistic training approach, those who graduate are uniquely poised to excel in medical school, having (1) gained first-hand experience in patient history taking, (2) assisted in the physical exam, and (3) observed the assessment and plan — all in the context of comprehensive and ethical patient care. In particular, we anticipate that participants will be quite well-prepared to undertake future dermatology rotations in order to enter the extremely competitive dermatology residency match.

Applicants who are looking only to scribe from 9 to 5, and who are reluctant to invest the effort and hours this highly demanding and fully immersive fellowship requires, may find this position an imperfect fit. Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a list of references or at least one actual letter of recommendation, either directly to the clinic at info@dermcare.expert, or through their school’s career center listing. Interviews are conducted first online via video chat, and then followed with a required on-site visit.

2020 Gap Year Regenerative Medicine Fellowship with SENS Research Foundation

The SRF Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program offers former undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease. During the gap year, program participants will have the opportunity to hone their scientific communication skills in preparation for applications and interviews for pharma/biotech jobs, graduate school, and medical school. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Postbaccalaureate Fellow will be responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Fellowship Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. 

The Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program sets itself apart from many other internship program with its focus on the development of scientific communication skills in addition to enhancing laboratory and critical thinking skills. Throughout the program, fellows are guided through intensive writing assignments that simulate documents scientists are often asked to produce, such as grant proposals. The communication training culminates in a student symposium at the end of the summer, where the Fellows present the results of their work. 

Program Learning Objectives include:

  1. Plan and execute an independent research project
  2. Learn new technical skills
  3. Learn how to explain scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience
  4. Learn how to write a simple grant proposal
  5. Present results at a student symposium

Eligibility/Qualifications: Please be sure to review the full Program Eligibility Requirements at www.sens.org/postbacc-fellowship before applying.

  1. Applicants should have some prior research experience
  2. Although GPA will be a consideration, there are no formal GPA requirements
  3. There are no specific major requirements. Students of any major may apply, provided they can demonstrate relevant experience to the project in question.
  4. As noted on the eligibility page, applicants who have earned their bachelor’s degree within the past 2 years are eligible to apply. Thus, graduates from the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 are eligible
  5. Only international students who can use optional practical training (OPT) work authorization are eligible to apply.

The precise desired laboratory skills will vary from project to project, but applicants should have some prior biologically relevant research experience. Visit the external application link on Handshake to see any project-specific skill preferences and apply.