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Summary of Internship

  • The Hardware Product Management group of the Life Sciences and Mass Spectrometry business unit is offering a unique opportunity for a highly talented individual looking to gain experience and play a role in method development with new instrumentation and technology that is critical to supporting Thermo Fisher’s position as the leader in mass spectrometry.
  • The selected candidate will take part in the company’s Internship Program, where he/she will be part of a highly innovative environment and work in an interdisciplinary team together with R&D scientists, application and marketing specialists, as well as external collaborators.
  • The intern will be responsible for his/her own project which will focus on evaluating and analyzing operation of ionization sources on triple quadrupole and orbitrap hybrid mass analyzers.
  • The intern will be able to directly contribute to research and marketing efforts that aim towards launching a product into the market with the likelihood of producing important commercial impact while being mentored by experts in the field.
  • The intern will also learn various aspects of tuning/troubleshooting procedures for triple quadrupole and orbitrap hybrid instrumentation and gain insight into the key underlying technologies.

Essential Functions

  • Evaluate different aspects of performance of atmospheric pressure ionization sources on triple quadrupole and orbitrap hybrid mass spectrometers
  • Process data and present results to the team
  • Work together with a multidisciplinary science and engineering team to identify potential improvements to the ion source and its software
  • Gain experience with liquid chromatography mass spectrometry in an effort to validate results from direct ionization sources.


  • Undergraduate degree (e.g. Bachelor’s) in chemistry, physics, engineering or related discipline
  • Working towards a Master in Science or PhD is a plus
  • Post-graduate experience in mass spectrometry, hands-on experience with vacuum systems is a plus
  • Good communication skills and ability to efficiently present and explain scientific results to people with different backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and sense of ownership over the project in order to bring it to successful completion
  • Good understanding of fundamental science and technology related to mass analyzers is a plus
  • Demonstrate Thermo Fisher Scientific values – Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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