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Vermont Innovation Summer: Vernal Biosciences Intern

About Vernal Biosciences Vernal Biosciences manufactures high purity mRNA for research use. Vernal Biosciences is seeking motivated self-starters who take initiative, ask questions, seek answers, and can make headway at the lab bench. Experience running common protein-, DNA- or RNA- based production procedures, purification and quantitative/qualitative assays is a plus. Job responsibilities may include but are not limited to: bacterial transformation & scale up, plasmid prep & development, in vitro transcription, RNA capping, DNA/RNA agarose gel image analysis, Western blot, and RNA purification. This is an opportunity to become part of Vermont’s burgeoning Biotech scene while learning worthwhile skills in a fast-paced, small team environment. 

What you’ll do 

● You will gain experience and contribute to Vernal’s origin story.

● You will work as part of our R&D team to understand and employ the processes involved in RNA synthesis and purity assurance.

● You will empirically optimize processes preceding or concurrent with RNA synthesis.

● You will employ an electronic lab notebook (ELN) and become acquainted with data architecture, organization and data-driven inquiry.

● You will present your findings and forward-thinking in a group setting.

This opportunity is part of Middlebury College’s Vermont Innovation Summer cohort program, sponsored by the Innovation Hub. This program supports students working with companies and on self-directed projects across Burlington’s innovation ecosystem. For more information about Vermont Innovation Summer, please contact Ben Yamron at byamron@middlebury.edu.

Volunteers needed for Tech Alumni Interviews

Jeff Sawyer is looking for student volunteers to interview alumni about their career roles for two MiddVantage series he is designing. Volunteers will record an alum about their current career role (what it is, what they do, and the future direction of that career role), what their own career path was from Middlebury to their current career role, and their advice for students interested in that type of a career field.  One of the series will consist of recorded interviews of alumni with various career fields involving data analytics and the other will focus on alumni with various career roles in technology (e.g., AI/Machine Learning, VR/AR, UX/UI, Gaming, NLP, Computer Vision, Quantum Computing, Cyber Security).

If you are interested in being an interviewer as part of one or both of these MiddVantage series, please email Jeff Sawyer jsawyer@middlebury.edu to express your specific interests. For more about the MiddVantage program and examples of past recorded interviews in other career fields, check out the MiddVantage series on the CCI Events and Programs tab.

Interesting News Items in the World

How Many Jobs are Available in Technology in the U.S.?

The latest data from several IT consultancies and hiring platforms shows the hiring rate for tech jobs has slowed, but industries continue to add positions — particularly for emerging fields. Read more about it in this article from Computer World.

What do Companies Look For in a New Product Manager?

It’s important to get inside your interviewer’s head. What are they looking for?  Aside from intellect, smarts, the power to adapt, think and act on their feet? They want a person who is motivated to do the job, can work with different teams and has the ability to prioritize features that they already know users are looking for. A Product Manager has to be resilient, strategic and insightful. Which means the hiring company will ask a multitude of questions to figure out if you are the one.  Check out more product management interview prep info in the “Top Resources” tab of the Technology Newsletter

Are Product Managers Paid More Than Engineers?

Yes, Product Managers are usually paid more than Engineers. The average base pay for Product Managers is $109,000/year, while the average base pay of Engineers is $92,000/year. There are some exceptions to these income levels. However, Product Managers generally earn higher incomes than Engineers. Read more about it in this article in Web App Huddle.

Data Analytics

What exactly is data analytics? What would you be doing as a data analyst, and what kind of hard and soft skills do you need to start learning? In this video introduction, Career Foundry gives you a simple overview of data analytics, and detail some tangible examples of what the role involves! See more here

From Shelly Palmer’s Blog

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple’s next major product – a mixed-reality headset – is set to arrive next year. The headset itself is likely to be priced between $2,000 and $3,000, packing a Mac-level M2 chip, more than 10 cameras placed inside and outside of the device, and the highest-resolution displays ever featured in a mass-market headset. It will also run a new operating system called “realityOS,” which is said to include MR versions of core Apple apps like Messages, FaceTime, and Maps. Job listings from Apple imply that the company is planning to create 3D mixed-reality worlds. Rumors about upcoming Apple products are just that: rumors. Lately, though, Apple has not been as good as it used to be about keeping secrets. I’m excited about Apple’s vision for a mixed-reality future. Based on the available information, the upcoming Apple hardware and software will give us an exciting new way to surface data and make it actionable. Yet another piece of evidence where big tech is investing – AR/VR!

Microsoft’s deal for Activision getting scrutiny around world

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Microsoft’s plan to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry throughout much of the world. By Matt O’Brien and Kelvin Chan Associated Press

Microsoft’s plan to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry, transforming the Xbox maker into something like a Netflix for video games by giving it control of many more popular titles.

But to get to the next level, Microsoft must first survive a barrage of government inquiries from the United Kingdom to New Zealand to Brazil, and from U.S. regulators emboldened by President Joe Biden to strengthen their enforcement of antitrust laws. Read More Here

Why Microsoft could be ‘extremely well-positioned’ for metaverse success

As companies seek to build out the metaverse, Microsoft Corp. may already have many of the necessary tools in its pocket.

The metaverse has become a hot buzzword lately as companies like Facebook-parent Meta Platforms Inc. FB, -4.23%, Microsoft MSFT, -1.85%, Roblox Corp. RBLX, -8.57% and Epic Games explore the possibility of new virtual worlds through which people can connect. The concept is still in early innings, and it’s not yet clear whether there will ultimately be one or many metaverses, but Bernstein analyst Mark Moerdler has confidence in the idea that software companies stand to benefit as the tech world works to realize its virtual vision.

Marketwatch.com’s Tech Megatrends of 2022

You may want to read this article from Marketwatch.com which references tech’s 10 megatrends for 2022.  While the article is intended to point out stocks for investment purposes, the organizations referenced may be worth investigating as you plot your career exploration efforts. Read more here

How a mistake by YouTube shows its power over media

Every hour, YouTube deletes nearly 2,000 channels. The deletions are meant to keep out spam, misinformation, financial scams, nudity, hate speech and other material that it says violates its policies.  But the rules are opaque and sometimes arbitrarily or mistakenly enforced. Policy experts say such experience is indicative of thorny free speech issues YouTube faces as the world’s largest online video service.

BETA Technologies begins process to expand electric aircraft facility in Vermont

The future is happening in Vermont. BETA plan will create hundreds of new jobs in the region and emphasize sustainability, access to green aviation and STEM education across Vermont.

Interested in a Technology Career? Need a Place to Start?

For those of you interested in finding resources helpful to preparing for and finding roles in software engineering and/or other tech roles, e.g., product management, data science, UX/UI design, check out the Top Resources tab of this newsletter.  New resource content has been provided by alumni members of the Technology Middlebury Professional Network.

Also, watch the new videos on the Stories from the Field tab.  We hope to add new stories each week.

Featured Employers with Opportunities Expiring Soon!

There are over 100 opportunities in Handshake for tech-related roles that will be expiring by November 30. Take a look in Handshake. Additionally, the opportunities below have deadlines within the next few weeks.

Application Window: October 31st, 2022 to 11:59pm ET on January 31st 2023

For the 2nd consecutive year, the Advanced Computing Systems Research
Program (ACS) in the NSA Research Directorate is joining with their
counterparts in the High-Performance Computing Solutions (HPCS) and
Operations (OPS) organizations to provide a select number of undergraduate
students an exciting 8-week internship opportunity.  ACS is part of the
Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) and is located in the Research Park
building complex adjacent to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
(UMBC). This internship experience is ideal for students who will be completing
their junior year (Spring 2024 graduates), and is well-suited for students
in math, computer science, computer engineering, or related STEM fields.
Please note: Only US citizens are eligible to apply. Read more about it and apply through this link.

Fellow, Baseball Technology at Cleveland Guardians Baseball

The Guardians are seeking Fellows to join our Baseball Technology department. Each Fellow will work full-time with one of our minor league affiliates and report to the Baseball Technology, Player Development, and Baseball Operations departments. Fellows will be expected to manage the collection of multiple data streams and operate as a resource for both coaches and players. This position will include travel to away games.

The ideal candidate will be curious, creative, open-minded, and excited to work in a collaborative environment. The candidate will be able to clearly communicate with others, build strong relationships, and have the ability to present complex topics to a wide range of audiences. They will take the initiative to perform research in the areas of their choosing that advances the Guardians’ player development procedures and philosophies. Read more about it in Handshake. Application deadline November 18th.

Summer Associate, Quantitative Analysis at New York Yankees

Built upon our storied legacy, the New York Yankees look to attract the best possible talent not just on the field but in the front office as well. It is our shared responsibility to maintain the first-class reputation associated with the franchise in all aspects of our business. This is a summer position geared to introduce current students to Quantitative Analysis within Baseball Operations. Read more about it in Handshake. Application deadline December 31st.

R&D Engineering – Machine Learning 2023 Internship at Biospectal – expires 12/9

Want to work with a dynamic multi-national team on the cutting edge of a transformative wave of biomedical health diagnostic technology in Switzerland?

Biospectal SA is a truly revolutionary startup in the mobile remote patient monitoring (MRPM) and mobile health tech space. We are on a mission to democratize blood pressure monitoring and management at a global scale using ubiquitous mobile devices already in our pockets. Our OptiBP software platform uses optical biosensing via smartphone cameras to measure blood pressure transdermally using sophisticated optical algorithms. Read more about the opportunity and apply on Handshake.

Product Management, Mobile Apps Analytics 2023 Internship at Biospectal – expires 12/9

We are looking for a Product Management Intern to assist the head of product in managing our beta program, analyzing usage patterns, and planning the launch of our mobile app.

You will be in charge of activating and managing our beta program. You will communicate with our beta users and help manage their support inquiries. But a large portion of your job will be to analyze usage patterns and perform background research. Read more about the opportunity and apply in Handshake.

R&D Engineering Intern – Hardware 2023 Internship at Biospectal

We are looking for an Electrical Engineer Intern with strong electronic design skills to complement our team in the design and implementation of hardware components and solutions to support our medical-grade solutions. This job position requires the understanding of modern tools for the design and fabrication of printed circuit boards, and of diagnostic tools to verify and validate circuit functionality. You will work in collaboration with the R&D team to develop proof-of-concept hardware to demonstrate new functionalities for our medical solutions. Read more about the opportunity and apply in Handshake.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.

Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. Click here to learn more about the types of CS and data analytics internships.

Technology Consulting as a Career Possibility

World Wide Technology consultants facilitate and accelerate progress and innovation across industries around the world — from digital transformation to machine learning and cloud strategy. Our ability to deliver strategy plus execution creates positive disruption and enriches lives. Join this info session to learn more about Consulting Services at World Wide Technology.