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BURN Design Lab
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.

Mechanical Design Engineer Internship

6+ months, starting January 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? 

Burn Design Lab, headquartered on Vashon Island, WA, is offering a mid-level unpaid internship to a clear-thinking, creative, undergraduate mechanical or industrial design engineer who is ready to make lasting contributions to the development of cutting edge biomass burning cookstoves. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with others to develop creative solutions to challenging problems. 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: 

- 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 cookstove prototypes
- Evolving stove design based both on test results and user feedback
- Evaluating and selecting cookstove materials

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:
- Pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering 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
- Willingness to do what is needed for the success of the organization and its mission
- Strong work ethic

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

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

Materials Science/Engineering Internship

6+ months, starting January 2019

Position Description

Do you have a concern for people and the environment? Do you have a background in material science or 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? 

Burn Design Lab, headquartered on Vashon Island, WA, is offering a mid-level unpaid internship to a clear-thinking, creative, undergraduate material scientist or materials engineer who is ready to make lasting contributions to the development of cutting edge biomass burning cookstoves. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with others to develop creative solutions to challenging problems. 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: 

- Researching alternative materials for cookstove applications
- Testing materials and developing testing methods
- Working 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
- Evolving stove design based on test results and feedback from potential users

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:
- Pursuing a degree in material science or materials engineering
- 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
- Willingness to do what is needed for the success of the organization and its mission
- Strong work ethic

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

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

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.)

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:
- Excellent written communication skills
- Excellent oral communication skills
- Strong time management and prioritization skills
- Eagerness to learn about fundraising and development at a nonprofit
- Ability to thrive both independently and in a team environment
- Willingness to do what is needed for the success of the organization and its mission
- Strong work ethic

Start Date and Duration
This position is 6+ months in duration, beginning in April 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

12+ months, starting January-February 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?

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

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 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 January - February 2019.

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

Interested in volunteering?

Great! Tell us how you'd like to  contribute to Burn Design Lab by contacting info@burndesignlab.org

Intersted in exploring a partnership?

Great! So are we! If you represent an organization interested in partnering with BDL on a cookstove project, let us know what you're thinking at info@burndesignlab.org

Intersted in learning more?

Great! Request to be added to our mailing list by contacting info@burndesignlab.org