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Software Engineering Student Intern

The Organization

The Morgridge Institute for Research is a private, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving human health through interdisciplinary biomedical research, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research areas include regenerative biology, medical engineering, core computation, virology, metabolism, and virology.

The Huisken lab is an interdisciplinary lab consisting of biologists, mathematicians, physicists and engineers. We focus on building state of the art custom microscopes to tackle challenges in a variety of biological fields such as developmental biology and neurobiology. Through 4D and 5D fluorescence imaging of model organisms such as zebrafish and drosophila, we aim to capture the complex multi-scale dynamics involved in biological processes.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a student to help build a GUI framework for our custom microscopes. The GUI is expected to be intuitive for users who are not necessarily experts in software/hardware controls. The candidate is expected to work closely with both biologists who understand the experimental workflow as well as engineers who build the underlying control interface to the hardware.

We are looking for a student who is available to work approximately 15 hours per week with availability Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5pm. We expect this position to last 6 months with potential to continue throughout the year depending on progress.


The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate student in computer science or engineering. They must be competent in computer programming. Preferred qualifications and experience or training in the following:

  • C/C++ and/or Java
  • Standard GUI library (Qt or GTK)
  • Computer graphics (OpenGL, GPU programming),
  • Computer vision and image analysis
  • IOS/Android development.
  • Model View Controller (MCV) design pattern
  • Communications over USB, RS232, and/or TCPIP

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume as one document via the online career portal. To ensure consideration applicants should apply by July 15, 2017.

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