Internship BioHack open-source hardware

Are you interested in open-source hardware and electronics? Are you intrigued by the potential of open source laboratory equipment for biotechnology? Would you like to learn more about the Open Wetlab and Fablab Amsterdam? Then the BioHack Academy is looking for you!

What is the BioHack Academy?

The BioHack Academy is a 10-week intensive course in which participants design, build and use laboratory equipment, learn laboratory skills, and develop personal projects. The Open Source BioHack kit is a collection of laboratory equipment, which are all documented online in the Github repository, including laser cut designs, electronics schematics and Arduino code. As intern you help with the making, hacking and documenting of these designs in preparation and during the BioHack Academy, working in the Open Wetlab and Fablab Amsterdam. 

What do we offer:

We will teach you how to use the main machines: laser cutter, 3D-printer, as well as the electronics department. You will have access to the Fab Lab during working hours and a mentor throughout your internship.

You will get an inside view of the BioHack Academy and Open Wetlab, and learn about open source hardware, sharing, and tinkering.

Your profile:

  • Knowledge of electronics
  • Experience with or interest in prototyping

  • Able to work independently in a dynamic and creative environment as well as in a larger team

What do we ask from you:

  • Assist during the BioHack Academy
  • Help in building and testing the BioHack Open Source kit
  • Contribute to open source documentation

We offer

An internship where you can learn a lot in a short time and where you can work in a young, dynamic and flexible work environment. You have a lot of responsibility and there is plenty of room for your own initiative and creativity. The fee for this internship is € 300, - per month on the basis of 40 hours per week. The preferred period is November 2018 to April 2019

About Waag

Waag develops creative technology for social innovation. We do research, develop concepts, pilots and prototypes and act as an intermediary between the arts, science and the media. We work a lot with parties in the cultural, public and private sectors.

Open Wetlab

The Open Wetlab is the Waag’s biotechnology laboratory, focusing on opening up biotechnology by making, sharing and using low-cost and accessible lab equipment, as well as sharing DIY laboratory protocols. 

Fablab Amsterdam

Fablab Amsterdam is a place for creativity, craftsmanship and digital experiments, where you can make pretty much anything. In the BioHack Academy the machines  As the first Fab Lab of Europe it provides tools and machines to build your own sensors, build electronic circuits or 3D print an array of things. In the BioHack Academy, we use the machines and expertise of the Fab Lab to build our own biotech machines.


Are the above properties applicable to you and do you like to gain experience at Waag? Respond by emailing your motivation and resume as pdf via email. For questions regarding this vacancy you can send our Biohack team an email.


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