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We offer graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to add international experience to their resume. The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program provides support for students to work with researchers at the Inter-University MircroElectronics Centre (IMEC) in Leuven, Belgium. An informational session about the program is held every semester in the fall.

Informational Session 

An informational session is held every year in the fall semester around October. 


IMEC is a government research institute working with universities, industry, and governments labs. They specialize in microelectronics and have world-class laboratories and manufacturing capabilities. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and supports 3-5 students to work at IMEC where they will learn how to design, fabricate, and test a wide range of biomedical devices. The internships last about 10 to 12 weeks and include travel expenses, accommodation, and a stipend.

During the program students are required to stay in regular contact with Tom Fekete, Director of Corporate Partnerships, as well as their Hopkins faculty contact. They are also required to write and submit 5-6 blogs about their experience both in the work place as well as outside the lab. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to give a presentation about their experience and report on their work.

Learn about our students' experiences. Read thier blogs here http://inbt-summer-at-imec.blogspot.com/

Application Requirements

The IRES program is open to full-time Johns Hopkins undergraduate and graduate students ONLY. Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. nationals Candidates must have a major in the science or engineering fields.

Please submit the following application materials:

  • Industry-style resume
  • Research statement
  • One professional letter of recommendation

Send all application materials and inquires to our Director of Academic Programs, Camille Mathis at cmathis@jhu.edu. Applications will be reviewed by an INBT committee and selected students will be interviewed. Final acceptance will be a joint decision between INBT and the IMEC program manager.

Students from under-represented racial/minority groups and women in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by January 15, 2018.

Past Projects

  • Boosting the motor imagery performance of brain computer interfaces when using 4 channel dry electrode electroencephalography headset in a clinical environment
  • IMEC has developed a new microelectrode array chip with nano-engineered surfaces. This project involved characterizing the growth of primary rat ventricular cardiomyocytes and hIPSC-derived cardiomyocytes grown on nanogrooves in support of the development of a “heart on a chip” for diagnostic purposes.
  • IMEC is a renowned center of excellence in the field of nano-electronics. This opens up opportunities when combining nano- with life science technologies, more specifically in the field of point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics. This internship focused on development of fast nucleic acid detection assays using droplet based microfluidic techniques.
  • High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has the potential to be used in the treatment of several medical disorders (neurological, oncological, urological, etc.). This internship involved modeling, design and measurement of a focused ultrasound transducer with tunable acoustic lens including 3D printing and finite element analysis.
  • Using microfluidic droplet technology incorporating yeast cultures that will rapidly identify superior strains for production applications. 

If you have questions about research projects or IMEC email Luke Thorstenson at lthorst1@jhu.edu.  



For questions about INBT's education programs contact: Camille Mathis / cmathis@jhu.edu / 410-516-6572