Tag Archives: research

Record Number of Fulbright Recipients from Middlebury

Congratulations to the seniors and alumni who received a Fulbright grant! A total of 15 seniors and young alumni who applied through Middlebury received a Fulbright Research/Study or English Teaching Assistantship grant. This is a new record for Midd! Next year, Middlebury alumni will be scattered across the globe, from India to Senegal, Georgia to […]

Stephanie Jordan ’20 and Teal Witter ’20 Named Goldwater Scholars

Congratulations to Middlebury’s newest Goldwater Scholars, Stephanie Jordan and Teal Witter! Stephanie and Teal were selected from a national pool of 1223 natural science, engineering and mathematics students nominated by 443 colleges and universities. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides scholarships up to $7,500 to support undergraduates pursuing careers in math, natural sciences, and engineering. Read more […]

Alumni Posting – Research Associate at Affinivax

From Peter Dykeman-Bermingham ‘18.5:

Affinivax, a Cambridge, MA based vaccine development startup, is looking to hire a Research Associate for its development team. Your role would further the development of their novel vaccine platform through in vivo testing.

A successful candidate should have experience working with mouse models as well as all the other good stuff that Middlebury teaches you along the way!

Please reach out for additional information, with any questions, or with a resume you’d like me to pass along. My email is peter.dykemanbermingham@affinivax.com.

Research Associate – Bioreactor Team at Platelet BioGenesis

The Company:

Platelet BioGenesis, located in Cambridge MA, is a venture-backed biotech startup that was spun out of Harvard Medical School to produce donor-independent human platelets. They are a highly driven and ambitious young company that values openness, transparency, intellectual honesty, and collaboration, in their endeavor to transform platelet and derived therapeutics.

The Opportunity:

They make platelets. They have developed a scalable cGMP-compliant cell culture platform to make human pluripotent stem cell-derived platelets. They are now further scaling production for human clinical trials and leveraging their platform for cell-based drug delivery opportunities. They are currently recruiting for a motivated entry-level scientist to join their Bioreactor team. This person will work directly with the team scientists to advance the millifluidic bioreactor operation and scale up, as well as executing in vitro functional assays involving microfluidic devices. The candidate will plan and execute experiments utilizing human and mouse cells to optimize the production of platelets.

They are looking for a driven independent thinker with a professional work ethic who shares their long‐term vision for leveraging platelets as a drug delivery platform. Initiative and creative problem solving are priorities.

Learn more about the position in Handshake. Deadline 7/1.

Summer Internship in Seattle with Adaptive Biotechnologies

Application deadline 4/30.

Every immune system has a story to tell— the key is knowing how to listen. Adaptive Biotechnologies‘ goal is to meaningfully improve people’s lives by learning from the wisdom of their adaptive immune systems. It’s a bold objective that we’re uniquely built to achieve

At Adaptive Biotechnologies, you’ll be challenged, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally. No matter what your role is, you’ll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your contributions truly count.

Position Overview: Adaptive Biotechnologies is currently looking for an exceptional Summer Intern to join their Research and Development team. Successful candidates will assist with the development of multiplex PCR- and NGS-based assays. During your time at Adaptive, you will learn various lab techniques, including mammalian cell culture, image cytometry, cell based assays, PCR, sequencing library preparation, and targeted NGS-sequencing under the supervision of experienced laboratory personnel. You will also gain experience in data analysis and become familiar with the product development cycle.

Open to Rising Juniors and Seniors. Learn more about the position in Handshake.

How to Prepare for Phone or Virtual Interviews

Article by Aja Frost of The Muse.

“A colleague of mine once compared phone and Skype interviews to take-home tests.

“You still need to study,” she explained. “But you can also have everything you need in front of you.”

If you’re wondering what exactly is “everything you need” and how you should you prepare your materials so it’s not totally obvious you’re shuffling through papers or reading over your notes, good news—we’ve got all the answers to help you properly prepare for your next remote interview.” Read more.

Networking in Your Academic Department and Summer Research Assistant Opportunities on Campus

Did you know there are opportunities within your major and minor departments to not only network, but boost your resume and potentially work as a research assistant? According to Colleen Sabitano at internships.com, here are the 5 top tips for establishing a network that will strengthen both your academic and career goals (edited to fit Middlebury needs):

  1. Join departmental organizations, clubs, or groups associated with your department, especially if your major professor is the faculty sponsor. For example, if you’re an English major and your department publishes a literary journal, sign up for the staff. Some departments sponsor field trips or even study abroad programs, which could be great networking opportunities for you.
  2. Show your support to the faculty by offering to do research for a faculty member. Many professors need research assistants. If you check out the Research Assistant page on the Undergraduate Research website, it states: “Research assistants (RAs) work with faculty mentors year-round, in disciplines throughout the Middlebury campus. Paid, credit-bearing or volunteer positions, provide an enhanced, hands-on component to their undergraduate academics. Each summer over 130 students spend the summer at Middlebury doing research in a faculty-mentored position. Many additional students find paid or unpaid research positions at other institutions such as colleges, or governmental or private agencies. URO maintains a select list of external summer research opportunities. Students interested in being an on-campus summer research assistant need to contact a potential faculty mentor before March.
  3. Build good relationships with department coordinators and teaching assistants. Consider being a teaching assistant yourself. And always take time to check in with the coordinators. They are your first point of contact when you want to make an appointment, learn about new internships, find out first when grant or scholarship applications are due, or simply hear about department goings-on.
  4. Establish yourself as a scholar and outstanding asset to the department by doing your best academically and being inducted into honorary societies. Attend any study groups and participate in them. Ask questions and introduce new information that you’ve gleaned from outside sources and go to academic conferences.
  5. Volunteer in your department to help with special events, tutor other students, or work on committees. Many departments host guest speakers or conferences and need student support, giving you more opportunities to network outside of your college. When major or minor professors deliver lectures outside of the department, plan to attend. If a professor helps you with an assignment or helps you find an internship or job, send a thank-you note.

If you are thinking of sticking around Middlebury this summer and are interested in on campus research, make sure you are already reaching out to your network to see what opportunities might be available.

Again, make sure to contact potential faculty mentors before March.

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