College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii presents this opportunity for professionals in the chemical analysis field to undergo internships with Dr. Qing X. Li of the Molecular Biosciences and Biosystems Engineering Department. Dr. Li has established a reputation for excellence in good laboratory practices and reliable analyses of organic contaminants (petroleum hydrocarbons, PCBs, PAHs, pesticides, etc.) in the environment. His laboratory is involved in developing new methods, such as immunoassays, supercritical fluid extraction, and pressurized fluid extraction, for the analysis of organic contaminants. The internship will provide professionals in the chemical analysis field with knowledge and hands-on experience with contemporary instruments and techniques to assist in the development of environmental technology industries and service providers in the State of Hawaii.
Location: The internship will be conducted at the University of
Hawaii Manoa campus in Dr. Li's laboratory, Agricultural Science Building
417, 1955 East-West Road.
Internship Format and schedule: Dr. Li, the intern, and the company will agree on the format and content of the internship. They will also agree on the length of the internship, which can range from one month to one year.
Maximum enrollment: Two interns for 2000-2001
Interns can also participate, free of charge, in Dr. Li's advanced laboratory techniques course to be offered in fall 2000, and the Biotechniques Workshop 2000, dates to be arranged.
Instructors: Dr. Qing X. Li, and his staff
To develop the ability to use contemporary instrumentation and biotechniques
in experiments and technical services representative of those conducted
in analytical biochemistry, and environmental science and technology,
and molecular biology.
To transfer and adapt techniques and knowledge gained back to interns home company.
To develop a strong relationship between the University of Hawaii and companies for future technology transfer and collaborations.
Approach: Chemicals, biochemicals and proteins will be used as model
molecules to practice the techniques and skills. The experimental materials
will include plant tissues, animal tissues, marine organisms, soil, and
water. The techniques include:
Gas chromatography (GC),
GC mass spectrometry (GC-MS),
High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC),
Capillary electrophoresis (CE),
Supercritical carbon dioxide fluid extraction (SFE),
Pressurized fluid extraction (PFE), and
Use of (but not limited to) ultra-centrifuges, pH meters, various balances, autoclaves, spectrophotometers, lyophilizers, graduated cylinders and pipets.
To apply, send a letter to the address below. The letter should provide
the following information:
Name of company and intern
Qualifications of intern (education, experience, duties and responsibilities with company, etc.)
Description of company and services provided
Goals and objectives for the internship
Approximate length of internship that is desired
*Letters should be received by September 1, 2000.