Thermo Fisher Scientific Spectroscopy Research Intern in Madison, Wisconsin

Job Description

The Scientist Internship position provides an opportunity for science and engineering students to get hands on experience working with scientists and engineers in a fast-paced, early stage advanced research team. The scientist intern will contribute to various research and development projects. The position starts in June, paid working 40 hours per week through August. Opportunity exists for this position to continue through the academic year on a part-time basis to allow for class schedules.

Essential Functions

-A scientist intern is responsible for performing experiments independently, reporting those results to business leadership, and utilizing those results to drive meaningful changes in the company’s processes and products

-The scientist intern will be called upon to support a variety of research and development projects germane to molecular spectroscopy and analytical instrumentation

-Design and execute scientific experiments to understand current challenges facing the business

-Analyze and summarize large complex sets of data

-Prepare collected data in a presentation style format to be presented to R&D leadership, project stakeholders, commercial marketing and product management teams

-Present to technical and non-technical colleagues

-The scientist intern may also be called upon to build and test the performance of prototype instrumentation

Decision making authority

-The intern would report directly to a research and development scientist

Specific Scope Data

-Vibrational spectroscopic data collection and spectral interpretation

-Atomic Force Microscopy

-Specific tasks will be tailored to the intern’s experience and abilities, but could include any of the following:

-Surface Analysis


-Computer programming for data analysis (Python, MATLAB, R, Excel, etc.)

-Rapid prototyping, such as 3D printing or machining, and designing or assembling electrical circuits or printed circuit boards

-Embedded device programming such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.

Skills and abilities

-Ability to work both independently and also as a member of a cross functional team

-Strong willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve

-Desire to contribute and improve design of new and existing scientific instrumentation products and applications

-Strong customer focus

-Desire to present to others about areas of expertise or of new results

-Aptitude for hands-on experimentation, prototyping, and tinkering

-Basic understanding of data analysis techniques

-Basic understanding of various spectroscopic techniques


Required level of education

-The position is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who will have completed at least their Junior year in an ABET accredited degree program prior to starting the internship

Required Area of study/major

-Physics, physical chemistry, chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, or related engineering or scientific discipline

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