Tuesday, November 24, 2015

UNdergraduate Job at VA Hospital

Dr. Ledoux is looking to hire a new undergraduate engineer to work in his lab at the VA Hospital. A description of the position has already been sent to Margo, but we have yet to receive many candidates. Thus, we'd like to expand our search to the Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering Department. We'd appreciate it if you could send (or re-send) out the job description to the undergraduate students you advise. (The description is attached.)   

Please keep in mind that we are looking for a bright sophomore or junior as we'd like to hire someone who can be in the lab for at least 1 year. Because the funding is being provided by the University, we cannot hire seniors, especially ones who graduate in December 2015.  

You're welcome to contact me at (509) 521-3829 if you have any questions.

Carnegie Junior Fellowship program - opportunity for graduating seniors and recent alumni - deadline 12/15!

Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors (in 2015-16) and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year (2014-15). They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates and have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year (salary is $38,000 with full benefits).

Candidates apply to work on specific research projects at the Carnegie Endowment. The 2016-17 projects are:
·         Democracy & Rule of Law
·         Nuclear Policy
·         Energy & Climate
·         Middle East Studies: Strong reading fluency and the ability to do academic as well as on-line research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
·         South Asian Studies: Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative data manipulation as well as possess an interest in military issues. A strong background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential. A strong mathematical background is a plus. Note: foreign language skills are not required.
·         China Studies (Asia Program): Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
·         Japan Studies (Asia Program): Japanese reading skills required.
·         Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program): Strong background in economics essential. Background in politics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques a plus.
·         Economics (Asia Program): Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
·         Russia/Eurasian Studies: Excellent Russian reading skills required.

UW application information:
·         Additional details about the program, application and UW nomination process are at http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=carnegie.
·         The application deadline for UW students seeking nomination is Dec. 15, 2015!

Eligibility requirements:
·         Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year
·         No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration
·         The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials (Robin Chang in UW’s Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards)
·         You need not be a U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the US for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the program. If you attend a participating school outside of the United States, you must be a US citizen (due to work permit requirements).
·         Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments.
·         Applicants must pick one of the programs listed to apply to, and respond to the corresponding essay question within the application materials.

UW Seattle students interested in seeking nomination are encouraged to contact Robin Chang (robinc@uw.edu) in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards with any questions, concerns, etc.

Additional information, campus application procedures and forms are available at http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=carnegie.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dolby Laboratories Employment Opportunities

Staff Researcher:  Audio Coding
Sound Technology Research
Advanced Technology Group

Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future.  As a member of the Dolby team, you will see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide.  To do this, we need the absolute best talent, including experts in emerging audio signal processing and acoustics technologies.

This position is in Dolby’s Sound Technology Research Group and involves the creation and refinement of innovative audio signal processing technologies from conception through proof of concept and first reduction to practice.  Primary research focus areas include perceptual audio coding, parametric audio coding, and psychoacoustic modeling.  Secondary research topics fall within the broader field of audio and acoustics signal processing.  This role requires close collaboration with other R&D staff, and includes opportunities for proposing new research directions and project leadership.  We are seeking a self-motivated, highly talented team player that is interested in applying his/her skills to enhance audio delivery and reproduction from content creation to consumer device playback.  Research results will be evaluated through objective performance metrics and subjective listening tests.  We work in teams that interact with other internal groups in multiple geographies as well as potential customers of the technology.

Requirements: Candidates must have these skills or background.
· Ph.D. Electrical Engineering with 3 years of algorithm development experience, or MS Electrical Engineering with 5 years of algorithm development experience
· Demonstrated strong ability to create fundamentally new audio signal processing technologies in the form of technical papers, products, and/or patents
· Proficient in the advanced theory and application of digital audio processing and filterbanks
· Strong interest and curiosity in learning, researching and creating new audio processing technologies
· Team-oriented work ethic
· Excellent communication skills
· Proficient in MATLAB and C/C++ language programming
· Expertise in all of the following:
o             Perceptual and parametric audio coding theory, methods, and standards
o             Psychoacoustic modeling
o             Knowledge of mathematical concepts such as linear algebra, probability and statistics, number theory, and information theory

Please apply directly to the following link and your resume will be read immediately:


Summer Research at Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at casey@caltech.edu or (626) 395-2887.

WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 7, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/wavefellows


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2016.

For more information, please visit

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