Recruitment for T.E.S.T. 2023-2024 has started! The deadline for application is the 27th of October.
Do you want to improve healthcare together in a team of multidisciplinary students? Then T.E.S.T. 2024 is looking for you! Within our team you will be working on designing and developing a biosensor to compete against 15 other student teams in the annual SensUs competition.
Do you want to know more about our team or find out if T.E.S.T. is something for you? Send us an email with your questions or meet on of us on a coffee date!
We are looking for students with different interests like electronics, mechanics, chemistry, biology, programming, and business. Most important is your interest and enthusiasm!
As T.E.S.T. member there are two different subteams you can join:
The detection team works on the electronics part of the sensor. Within the detection team you will look into the functional details of a biosensor. Research, debate and experiment with multiple physical and electronic concepts and chose which best fits the specifications. Furthermore, build, connect and test components so the biosensor gives a reliable and reproducible output.
The assay team works on the chemical part of the sensor. Within the assay team you will design your own experiments by doing research, discussing your ideas with experts and writing the protocols. You will carry out the experiments in the lab, review the results, improve your protocols and gain incredible lab skills along the way.
Apart from being in of one of the sub-teams, every member also has another function:
When the new team is formed, the new members will discuss and divide the functions and sub-teams among themselves. This means you will not have to apply for a specific function.
T.E.S.T. starts in October/November and ends at the last week of the summer break with the SensUs competition. From October/November until the summer break, every function within T.E.S.T. is part-time, so about 15 hours a week on average. In the summer break, you will work fulltime on T.E.S.T., with exception of two weeks of holiday.
In the beginning, we will do literature research to get to know more about biosensing, and we will look into different methods of biosensing. Around January, we make a choice about what method we want to use and we will look into this method some more.
From February until April we work on the proof of concept. Here, we will try to prove that our concept really works. This is also when we start to go into the lab or actually make a prototype. From May until the summer break, we will try to improve our concept.
In the summer break, we will finalize the biosensor and merge all the components. At the end of the summer break, the actual SensUs competition takes place. Here, we show our biosensor to other student teams, sponsors and the general public.
If you want to apply for the team of 2023-2024, you can already sent in your CV and motivation (max 1 A4) letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do so before the 27th of October!
An example structure for your motivation letter:
- Who are you and what is your academic background?
- Why do you want to join T.E.S.T.?
- What can you contribute to the team?
- What do you hope to learn/gain?
We are happy to see your emails!