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18850 103rd Avenue SW Suite 220
Vashon, WA 98070

Shea Project Update

BDL and Burro have been awarded $125,000 for the development of an improved shea roaster in Northern Ghana. We are actively raising matching funds for the $250,000 project and your support is greatly appreciated! Please consider donating to the project above.

What’s it like to work at Burn Design Lab?

Burn Design Lab is an ambitious research and design organization. We provide the opportunity to work at an innovative lab and solve some of the world's biggest problems.

Cookstove Laboratory Fellowship

Environment & Energy

Position Description

Do you have a concern for people and the environment?  Do you have a background in science? Do you enjoy working in a laboratory?  Are you well organized, & pay attention to detail?  Do you want to make an impact in the world?  

 
Burn Design Lab, headquartered on Vashon Island, WA is offering an entry level position to a clear thinking, well-organized, science or engineering graduate, who is ready to learn the details and master the challenges associated with determining the performance characteristics of improved cookstoves.   We are looking for someone with high integrity, with good communication skills, with a background in environmental or other science, or engineering who has an interest in testing, research, data analysis, and organization effectiveness. Burn Design Lab will provide a modest salary for the selected candidate.
 
Burn Design Lab is a U.S. based and internationally focused non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of lives and the environment in the developing world through research, design, and development of outstanding cookstoves and fuels. 
 
The successful candidate will be engaged in most or all of the following: 

- Managing the laboratory and cookstove testing program.
- Coordinating with engineers, interns and other to schedule laboratory operations. Performance, combustion, safety, durability, and emissions testing of cookstoves
- Presenting results to the team, including those overseas via net-meeting 
- Biomass fuel and cookstove materials testing.  
- Providing input to stove designs based on observations and testing results
- Documentation and improvement of testing methods and protocols  
- Assuring regular & accurate calibration of laboratory equipment 
- Making improvements to laboratory systems & equipment
- Building cookstove prototypes out of sheet metal (forming, spot welding, and general metal fabrication), ceramics, refractory, & other materials.  

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:

- Completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in science or engineering
- Collecting, organizing, & analyzing data.
- Proficiency with Excel, PPT, and Word.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
- Significant laboratory & report writing experience 
- Strong organization skills and consistent attention to detail

Start Date & Duration
This position is 12+ months in duration, beginning in June 2019

Apply
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@burndesignlab.org in the following filename format: <[First Name, Last Name], Cookstove Laboratory Fellowship [CV/Cover Letter], [Date]>.  For more information on BURN Design Lab, please visit www.burndesignlab.org or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BURNDesignLab.

Grant Writing & Development Internship

6+ months, starting April 2019

Position Description

Do you have a concern for people and the environment? Do you have excellent oral and written communication skills? Are you well organized? Do you want to make an impact on the world?

Burn Design Lab, headquartered on Vashon Island, WA, is offering an unpaid internship to an energetic, well-organized undergraduate. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills and a concern for global and environmental health who is interested in grant searching, grant writing, fundraising, and development. Burn Design Lab will provide housing and food stipends for the successful candidate.

Burn Design Lab is a U.S.-based internationally focused nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of lives and the environment in the developing world through the research, design, and development of outstanding cookstoves and fuels.

The successful candidate will be engaged in some or all of the following:

- Identifying and vetting grants and other funding opportunities
- Writing grants
- Organizing and maintaining donor relations
- Coordinating fundraising efforts
- Developing donor relations (newsletters, outreach, social media, etc.)

About You
Applicants should have all of the following attributes:

- Excellent written communication skills
- Excellent oral communication skills
- Ability to multitask and stay organized                                                                               - Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
- A positive attitude and enthusiasm about making a difference
- (Social media management, or journalistic experience is a plus)


Start Date and Duration
This position is 6+ months in duration, beginning in June 2019.

Apply
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to info@burndesignlab.org in the following filename format: <[First Name, Last Name], Development Internship [CV/Cover Letter], [Date]>.

Mechanical Design Engineer Fellowship

12+ months, starting April-June 2019

Position Description

Do you have a concern for people and the environment? Do you have a background in engineering with an interest in design? Are you both creative and results-oriented? Do you enjoy research and want to make an impact in the world? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Are you willing to make a difference in your life in order to make a difference in the world? 

Burn Design Lab, headquartered on Vashon Island, WA is offering an entry-level engineering position to a clear-thinking, creative, mechanical or industrial design engineering graduate who is ready to make lasting contributions to the development of cutting-edge biomass-burning cookstoves. We are looking or someone who enjoys working with others to develop creative solutions to challenging problems. Burn Design Lab will provide a modest salary to the selected candidate.

Burn Design Lab is a U.S.-based internationally focused nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of lives and the environment in the developing world through the research, design, and development of outstanding cookstoves and fuels.

The successful candidate will be engaged in some or all of the following: 
- Working both alone and in collaboration with others to develop conceptual designs
- Using CAD (SolidWorks) to develop detailed designs of clean-burning biomass cookstoves
- Building prototypes from sheet metal (forming, spot welding, and general metal fabrication), ceramics, refractory, and other materials.
- Conducting laboratory-based performance and emissions testing of cookstoves
- Evolving stove design based on both test results and feedback from prospective users
- Cookstove material evaluation and selection                                                                                                - International Travel to one or more developing countries  

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:

- A degree in mechanical engineering and/or industrial design
- Competency in SolidWorks and/or other CAD tools.
- Hands-on maintenance, fabrication, and/or construction experience.
- Eagerness to learn both hands-on and academically                                                                                      - Ability to effectively get project work done 
- Ability to thrive both independently and in a team environment
- A willingness to do what is needed for the success of the organization and its mission
- A strong work ethic

Start Date and Duration
This position is 12+ months in duration, beginning in May - June 2019.

Apply
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@burndesignlab.org. For more information on BURN Design Lab, please visit www.burndesignlab.org or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BURNDesignLab.



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