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Student Engineer – Embedded Systems

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

The Morgridge Institute for Research and Huisken lab seeks a technically-minded student engineer to work on a range of custom microscopy projects. The individual should be able to apply their creativity to expand the scope of our research in biomedical imaging and work in an organized manner to deliver working concepts under the supervision of the lab’s research staff. Our team is highly multi-disciplinary and the role may include prototyping, optical system design, instrument control, biological sample preparation and rudimentary image analysis.

The Discovery building is located on the UW-Madison campus at 330 North Orchard Street and is easily accessible by bus. We are seeking a student who can commit to 10-15 hours per week during the summer and into the fall semester, and has availability during the work week (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Morgridge does not provide parking for students, but bus passes are available.



  • Working towards a degree with a major in biomedical/mechanical/electrical engineering or physics. Other specialist areas will be considered if the candidate can demonstrate the necessary technical proficiencies.
  • An interest in biological imaging and dissemination of imaging techniques.
  • Basic proficiency with C/C++ and hardware programming.


  • Basic understanding object-oriented programming and concepts.
  • Basic understanding of POSIX threads or C++11 threads and concepts.
  • Familiar with serial (RS232, USB) communication and TCPIP concepts.
  • Familiar with the Arduino or Adafruit or Cortex M4 hardware and their software development environments.
  • Familiar with the Linux and Mac OS X operating systems and their development environments.
  • Ability to wire and build circuits (passive components and active components).

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