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Robotics for Healthcare and biosensor electronics design [remote]




HST: Health Sciences and Technology

Faculty Supervisor:

Jose Gomez-Marquez

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Apply by:

September 14, 2020



Project Description

Description: Our robot platform is informed by biology. Our robotic system is combining small, portable automated systems with biological platforms to enable labs around the world to make their own assays. You will work with our mechanical and biological teams to construct and program our mechanical and sensor systems. You will design PCBs, circuits, sensors and electronics. Working with our chemistry, biology and mechanical teams you will design new ways to enable our systems to generate intelligent responsive behavior for critical patient care. Final output will use robots for affordable health applications that will be tested in our fields sites in Germany, Spain, Chile and Nicaragua. This position will also be part of our Space Pharmacy team. Your work will help underserved labs around the world fight diagnostic processing challenges with COVID-19 and close the gap in local bioprocessing. UPDATE: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our UROPs are working remotely. However, we have over 10 years of experience in creating remote research environments, so we are making sure every one of our students has the most rewarding hands-on experience while working remotely. You will receive a full working set of materials, specially designed research construction kits, and close support to make your research experience great! Credit or Direct, Volunteer options available. About Us The Little Devices researchers reinvents the way people create medical devices for international and domestic healthcare systems using design approaches such as affordability, modularity and DIY. We span a portfolio of UROP projects involving diagnostics, medical devices, hospital makerspaces, and construction kit design. Our lab aims to design technology that is robust and economical, yet intelligent using advanced sensors and smart materials. Projects from the group have been launched in Germany, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and Space (New!! See below) The work has been featured by the New York Times, Wired, CNN, and TED. More at: littledevices.mit.edu


Course 2, 6, 10, 20 (or surprise us!) ---In general we are interested in what you can build, design and program, and we will show the rest. We will give you important challenges, guidance and autonomy and resources and you will surprise us with smart solutions. All positions have the option for pay or credit. There is a fabrication and design orientation to be scheduled upon assignment. You will be joining a fast paced, interdisciplinary group that focuses on hands-on ideation and prototyping. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Experience with designing, prototyping (such as Arduino) testing and debugging electronic circuits. Experience with wireless sensors or protocols helpful (e.g. Bluetooth, WiFi) but not required. Prior robotic and/or sensor electronics useful. To schedule an interview please reach out to littledevices@mit.edu Contact Name: Jose Gomez-Marquez Contact Email: littledevices@mit.edu Contact Details (include name, email, phone, etc.): littledevices@mit.edu and 617.816.1943