Position Role: Engineering

Position Level: Internship

Position Type: Contract

Position Location: Toronto

Application Deadline: 2018-11-23

Position Overview:

Position Start Date: January 2019
Position End Date: April 30, 2018 (can extend to 8 months)

This position is offered in part by the MaRS Student Work Placement program, which connects post-secondary students with work placements in technology and business.


ChipCare is developing one of the most versatile point-of-care diagnostics platforms in the world, which will enable an unparalleled sample-to-action workflow in the clinic. Our polyvalent analyzer (PAx) utilizes a patented approach to analyte detection that can perform multiple key assay classes including cell surface markers, proteins and nucleic acids. Using small volumes of patient blood or urine samples, health workers in doctors’ offices and remote health locations will be able to rapidly and accurately perform tests to diagnose or monitor a range of infectious and non-communicable diseases. The company is currently focused on the development and launch of multiplex molecular and immunoassays targeting the Women’s health and STI markets.

Department: Systems integration

This project entails working with the Systems R&D Engineering team to complete the design, build and characterization of ChipCare’s next generation polyvalent analyzer and fluidic cartridges

Role and Project Description:

  • Support hardware development activities for ChipCare’s polyvalent platform including hardware design, characterization of test jigs and prototypes, documentation including test plans, test reports, design documentation, hazard assessments, user manuals etc.
  • Participate in the characterization of the core optical detection methods including optical subsystem characterization, detection of fluorescent beads, fluorescence measurements, thermal characterization etc
  • Perform image acquisition and data analysis
  • Support integrated platform software development
  • Other tasks may be assigned as required

ChipCare has a small, highly skilled, collaborative and energized team of ~25 engineers, technologists and scientists working together in a complex co-development project. You will be; working in a fast-paced product development environment, managing relevant project sub tasks within overall project (including task planning, scheduling and reporting), getting hands-on experience in prototype design, build and characterization. Through this project you will build knowledge and experience related to integration of hardware and biochemical assays, develop excellent teamwork and communication skills and contribute to the development of a new platform.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • demonstrated ability to carry out device testing, characterization and analysis
  • demonstrated research skills including literature reviews, laboratory based research, reporting, data synthesis and analysis
  • strong statistical analysis skills, familiarity with design of experiments (DOE) methodology is an asset
  • experience with design software, eg. Solidworks is an asset
  • familiarity with IVD’s, microfluidics, diagnostic assays is an asset
  • excellent communication, research and documentation skills
  • excellent organizational and time management skills, ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • ability to work in teams and demonstrate flexibility in task assignments etc in order to ensure project success
  • demonstrated familiarity with Laboratory health and safety practices
  • ability to work flexible hours/schedule as required by the project

Area and Level of Study:

Partial undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Science/Physics, Systems Engineering (or a related field)

How to Apply:

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