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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?

We are an ambitious research and design organization.  Burn Design Lab provides the opportunity to work in an innovative lab working to solve some of the world's biggest problems.

Posting: Mechanical Design Engineer

Position

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, graduate mechanical or industrial design engineer, who is ready to make lasting contributions to the development of leading 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 a modest salary to the selected candidate.

Burn Design Lab is a U.S. based 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 some or all of the following: 
- Working both alone and together 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, & other materials.
- Conducting laboratory based performance and emissions testing of cookstoves
- Evolving stove design based both on test results and on feedback from users.
- Cookstove material evaluation and selection

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:
- A degree in mechanical engineering &/or industrial design
- Competency in SolidWorks &/or other CAD tools.
- Hands-on maintenance, fabrication, &/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 it’s mission.
- A strong work ethic.

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

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]>.

Cookstove Laboratory Fellowship

Environment & Energy

Position

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 and pay attention to details? 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 
- Biomass fuel analysis, and analysis of above testing results 
- 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
- Testing of ceramics and other cookstove materials.
- 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 MS Excel, PPT, and Word.
- Significant laboratory & report writing experience 
- Strong organization skills and consistent attention to detail
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Start Date and Duration
This position is 12+ months in duration, beginning in June or July 2018.

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]>. 

Internship: Mechanical Design Engineer

Position

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 unpaid internship to a clear thinking, creative, undergraduate mechanical or industrial design engineer, who is ready to make lasting contributions to the development of leading 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 or a housing stipend for the selected candidate. 

Burn Design Lab is a U.S. based 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 some or all of the following: 
- Working both alone and together with others to developing 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), ceramic, refractory, & other materials.
- Conducting performance and emissions testing of biomass fueled cookstoves
- Evolving stove design based on test results and on feedback from potential users.
- Cookstove material evaluation and selection

Experience
Applicants should have the following experience and aptitudes:
- Pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering &/or industrial design
- Competency in SolidWorks &/or other CAD tools.
- Hands-on maintenance, fabrication, &/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 it’s
mission.
- A strong work ethic.

Start Date and Duration
The internship is 6 - 12 months duration, beginning in early June or July 2018.

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 Internship [CV/Cover Letter], [Date]>.

Internship: Cookstove Testing

Environment & Energy

Position

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 and pay attention to detail? Do you 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 unpaid internship to a clear thinking, well-organized, undergraduate, who is ready to learn the details and challenges associated with determining the performance characteristics of improved biomass burning cookstoves. We are looking for someone with good communication skills, with a background in environmental or other science, who has an interest in testing, research, data analysis, and organization effectiveness. Burn Design Lab will provide housing or a housing stipend for the selected candidate.

The successful candidate will be engaged in some or all of the following: 
- Performance, combustion, safety, durability, and emissions testing of cookstoves 
- Biomass fuel analysis, and analysis of above testing results 
- Providing input to stove designs based on testing results
- Documentation and improvement of testing methods and protocols  
- Calibration of laboratory equipment 
- Making improvements to laboratory systems and 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:                                         - Pursuing a degree in science or engineering
- Collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.                                                                            - Proficiency with MS Excel.
- Significant laboratory and report writing experience 
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Eagerness to learn.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Start Date and Duration
The internship is 6 - 12 months duration, beginning in May, June, or July 2018.

Apply

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

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