Optical Systems Engineer Intern

Come join a team of highly skilled individuals who are dedicated to developing technology that will detect disease and save lives.  

Breathe BioMedical (BBM) is a medical technology company focused on developing a simple, accessible and non-invasive breath test for early-stage breast cancer. Breath analytics involves the collection, processing, and analysis of breath samples to identify biomarker patterns associated with specific diseases. BBM is located in Moncton, New Brunswick and its US subsidiary is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Our team at BBM consists of individuals who embody our core values, which are, communication, integrity, innovation, collaboration, and accountability. One day, detecting disease will be as easy as breathing.  

Student interns are a vital part of Breathe BioMedical’s development.  Engineering interns are recruited to work on specific projects based on their skills and education levels. Projects will allow interns to complete tangible deliverables that both advance the companies development goals and compliment the students’ learning objectives.   

Fall Internship Details:
Start Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2024
End Date: Friday, December 20, 2024 -or- Friday, April 25, 2024
16 weeks -or- 34 weeks
Hours/Week: 37.5
Reporting to: Operations

Note:  This position requires the intern to work in the Moncton Laboratory.  Remote work is not possible and travel expenses will be covered. 

Please indicate in your cover letter the duration of internship you are seeking. 

Breathe BioMedical’s Technology 

Breathe BioMedical’s platform technology has sensitivity to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the breath down to the parts per trillion.  The platform is comprised of three (3) proprietary devices, a Breath Sampler to collect breath, a ‘Spectrometer’ to process breath samples and MLA software that analyzes raw spectral data from the Spectrometer to identify the presence of disease.  The Breath Sampler is a portable tabletop device used to collect alveolar air from subjects quickly and efficiently and concentrate VOCs from alveolar air into a thermal desorption tube, which can then be transported to a central lab for analysis.  The Spectrometer is a highly sensitive device into which a breath sample-filled sorbent tube is loaded. The VOCs in the sorbent tube are mobilized through application of standard heating protocols and injected into the ring down chamber for analysis. The Spectrometer uses three advanced infrared lasers to probe the VOCs’ optical absorption properties. 


  • Assist the operations team in the manufacture, commissioning and maintenance of spectrometers 
  • Assist the operations team in troubleshooting spectrometer performance issues 
  • Prepare spectrometer sub-assemblies with precision and attention to detail 
  • Test and develop new manufacturing work instructions 
  • Design and implement spectrometer subassemblies testing and validation jigs 
  • Perform special receiving inspection of spectrometer components
  • Collaborate with other team members to ensure timely and efficient assembly processes
  • Participate in operations and design meetings
  • Take full responsibility for tasks, including consistent review of own work to identify and improve an approach for producing high quality work products, while working under supervision 


  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Physics, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Computer Engineering (preference 3rd year or above) 
  • Strong optics and photonics theoretical background
  • Experience working in an optics or photonics laboratory 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Proven hand-on skills working with sensitive equipment 
  • Experience troubleshooting and debugging electrical hardware and wiring 
  • Exposure to common electrical lab equipment (power supplies, multimeters, oscilloscopes) 
  • Relevant industry experience is an asset 
  • Experience with programming, automation control, 3D CAD software, or electronics is considered an asset. 
  • Experience in or understanding of Quality Management (Medical Device experience an asset) 
  • Proficient in MS Office, including MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint  
  • Willingness to learn how to use relevant tools for hands-on tasks as needed 
  • Demonstrated integrity, values, principles, and work ethic 
  • Willing and able to learn and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Effective organization and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure and adhere to project deadlines 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@breathebiomedical.com.

Breathe BioMedical is committed to inclusiveness, equity and accessibility. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.