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BURN Design Lab
18850 103rd Avenue SW Suite 220
Vashon, WA 98070

Shea Project Update

BDL is hard at work on the development of an improved shea roaster in Northern Ghana. We are actively raising funds for the completion of the project and your support is greatly appreciated! Please consider donating to the project above.

What's it like to work at Burn Design Lab: Careers and Internships

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.

We are currently seeking candidates for two internship opportunities: a Mechanical Design Engineer Internship and a cookstove testing internship. If you would like to be considered for these positions, please read the full job descriptions below carefully and send your CV and cover letter to hr@burndesignlab.org.

Mechanical Design Engineer Internship

6 - 12 months, beginning in early January 2020

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 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 a small living expense stipend, plus provide housing or a housing stipend for 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 together with others to developing conceptual designs

-Using CAD (Fusion 360) 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 Fusion 360 &/or other CAD tools.

-Hands-on maintenance, fabrication, &/or construction experience.

-Ability to thrive both independently and in a team environment.

-A willingness to do what is needed for the success of the organization.

-A strong work ethic.

-Eagerness to learn both hands-on and academically. Ability to effectively get project work done.

Start Date and Duration
This position is 6 - 12 months in duration, beginning in early January 2020.

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

Environment & Energy: Cookstove Testing Internship

6 - 12 Months, beginning in early January 2020

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, & 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.
 
Burn Design Lab is a U.S. based an 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: 

-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 & 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, & analyzing data.

-Proficiency with MS Excel, PPT, and Word.-

Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

-Significant laboratory & report writing experience

-Strong organization skills and attention to detail

-Eagerness to learn.

Start Date and Duration
The internship is 6 - 12 months in duration, beginning in early January 2020

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.

Interested in volunteering?

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

Interested 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

Interested in learning more?

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