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Rising to the challenges of COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has impacted every aspect of life-how we live, work, and interact. At MERL, we are committed to maintaining our internship program through these challenging times.

MERL continues to actively seek candidates for research internships -- some of the posted positions are immediately available, while others target the summer of 2021. Please consider applying for positions of interest. Our researchers will follow up to schedule an interview by phone or video conference for qualified candidates.

Due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, our current internships are mostly remote. Next summer we hope the situation will be better and our internships will be at MERL, but if it is not, most internships will continue to be remote. However, some of the internships require onsite work. Please check for any specific requirements for onsite work in the job description.


  • SP1475: Advanced Signal Processing for Metasurface

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join an internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on Advanced Signal Processing for Metasurface. The candidate is expected to develop innovative signal processing for metasurface aided various applications. Candidates should have strong knowledge about electromagnetic field analysis for metasurface, passive beamforming, interference mitigation, and channel estimation. Proficient programming skills with Python, MATLAB, and C++, and strong mathematical analysis will be additional assets to this position. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, with a flexible start date in 2020. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Communications, Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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  • SP1585: Three dimensional Imaging from Compton Camera

    • The Computational Sensing team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to develop algorithms that reconstruct a three dimensional distribution of a radioactive source when observed using a Compton camera. The project goal is to improve the performance and develop an uncertainty analysis of these algorithms. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students and have solid background and publication record in 3D Compton imaging. Experience in computational tomography, imaging inverse problems, and large-scale optimization is also preferred. Publication of the results produced during our internships is expected. The duration of the internships is anticipated to be 3-6 months. Start date is flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Computational Sensing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Optimization, Signal Processing
    • Host: Hassan Mansour
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  • SP1513: Designing and optimizing photonic devices using deep learning

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our internship program and conduct research in the area of photonic and nanophotonic device design and optimization using deep learning. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in the simulation (such as Lumerical FDTD), design, and testing of devices for optical communications and/or optical computing, as well as hands-on experience in deep learning (such as autoencoders and GANs using Tensorflow/Keras/PyTorch). Experience in silicon photonics, photonic crystal, plasmonicss, metasurface optics, optimization algorithms, machine learning, quantum computing, photonic device fabrication/measurements, and mask designs for InP and silicon photonic MPW would be considered an asset. Candidates who hold a Ph.D. or in their senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning
    • Host: Keisuke Kojima
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  • MD1381: Electric Motor Design

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in design, modeling, and simulation of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in modeling (including model reduction)/co-simulation of electromagnetics and thermal dynamics of electrical machines, and demonstrated capability to publish results in leading conferences/journals. Experience with ANSYS, COMSOL, and real-time control experiments involving motor drives is a strong plus. Senior Ph.D. students in electrical or mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electric Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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