Job Opportunity: Conservation Technology Fellow at Conservation X Labs

Conservation X Labs is searching for extraordinarily creative individuals who are interested in transforming conservation.  There is one opportunity for the summer, based in Washington DC, to work to harness open innovation, exponential technologies, and entrepreneurship to dramatically improve the efficacy, cost, speed, and scale of conservation efforts to end human induced extinction. This position will work to create a DNA barcode scanner to combat illegal fishing. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2016. 

Date published: 2016/04/04


Paid position, 40 hours per week


Conservation X Labs is seeking a technology fellow with a strong background in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and/or evolution/population genetics background to help with the development of an open source DNA Barcode Scanner that harnesses the Barcode for Life Library for use in identification of fish to combat seafood fraud, wildlife and timber trafficking, and improve traceability of these products.  We are looking for makers/biohackers/technologists who are interested in creating new tools for conservation.  Other activities will include helping identify new technologies from emerging areas of science and engineering, and creating a catalogue of future breakthroughs. 

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or electrical engineering, population genetics, or biophysics, or 3 years of experience leading to a degree in one of these areas; masters degree or higher preferred.
  • Along with a demonstrated knowledge of biomedical engineering and/or genetics, the fellow must have a demonstrated understanding of conservation biology, and a desire to apply physical sciences to solving conservation & development projects.
  • Experience with DNA microarrays, computational genetics, Arduino components, image analysis, DNA isolation and amplification protocols preferred.
  • Self-starter and ability to take on a project without significant supervision, including taking initiative to consult others.
  • Able to work in a non-office environment (coffee shops, maker’s spaces, biohacker spaces.)
  • Demonstrated experience integrating different technologies, mapping selection criteria for choosing potential technology pathways, and design considerations for technology use in the developing world.
  • Background in creating scripts for database accessing, Arduino programing, or image interpretation preferred.
  • Demonstrated product or hardware development is preferred.

Email your resume, cover letter, plus the contact information for two professional references to [email protected] by April 30, 2016. Please also include your proposal, as an infographic, diagram, or a paragraph, about an idea for a new technology, prize, or innovation that could transform conservation. Indicate your ideal start date in May and end date in August.  There may be opportunities to extend.

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