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Who's hiring in PGH? Attack Theatre, Axixe and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Attack Theatre is seeking a full-time audience and communications associate to manage public relations, social media presence, and other aspects of the company’s image. Deadline to apply is May 22.

Deeplocal is looking for a creative designer. Requirements include a degree in graphic design or a related field and two years working at a design studio or advertising agency. 

Bechtel Plant Machinery is hiring a technical writer. Candidate must have a four-year degree in technical writing, computer science, engineering, business, or information technology.

The Design Center, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region, is hiring a senior community architect. Requirements include a graduate degree in architecture, urban design or urban planning and five years of experience.

The Maker’s Place, an out-of-school program focused on entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math (ESTEAM), is hiring a program coordinator.

Intermedix, a leader in healthcare business services and technology-enabled solutions, is hiring a technical support specialist to provide hands-on and remote technical assistance to internal employees. Position requires four to five years of help desk or technical support experience.

The healthcare technology consulting and innovation company Axixe is seeking a senior developer with Python, Django and jQuery experience. A four-year or graduate degree in computer science or related technical field is preferred.

Paid Internships

Familylinks, a provider of integrated, family-centered services focused on behavioral, social and developmental health issues, is currently accepting applications for a paid internship in communications and marketing for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Applications will be accepted until May 29.

Summerbridge Pittsburgh, a tuition-free, academic enrichment program committed to helping at-risk students get into college, is seeking undergrads to serve as office managers.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Trusst uses engineering to design the perfect bra

Engineers apply their expertise to everything from food to cars to city infrastructures, working to make everything bigger, better, and more efficient. In Pittsburgh, two Carnegie Mellon University alums saw an opportunity to use their skills in one neglected market -- bras for the well-endowed.

Last September, industrial engineers Laura West and Sophia Berman founded Trusst, an East Liberty-based lingerie company that specializes in creating a more comfortable, more supportive bra for women with larger busts. What started as a side project that combined their educational backgrounds with their mutual love of sewing has since gained attention for raising awareness of a problem many women face -- finding a bra that actually fits. To drive that point home, Trusst even produced a humorous promotional video showing men struggling to wear various bras stuffed with melons.

As for their products, the team at Trusst hopes to stand out from other retailers with innovative designs enhanced by intelligent engineering.

"As designers, we are placing form and function as our primary focus, ensuring support and comfort ahead of pure fashion," says Berman. "We are removing the extreme pain that larger busted women face from unsupportive bras."

While most bras on the market depend on the shoulder straps for support -- which can cause various problems, including back strain -- Berman and West's patent-pending design lifts the weight of a woman's bust from underneath. The company also created its own sizing system that determines cup size by breast volume as opposed to more traditionally used band measurement, which allows for a more customized fit.

Aiding them in their mission is the startup incubator AlphaLab Gear, which, as Berman explains, provided a space for them to grow and build their company. The women also invested in a MakerBot 3-D printer to help them achieve their vision of the perfect bra.

"We used 3-D printing a lot in our initial development to help us rapidly iterate and develop the form of our structures," says Berman. "The first purchase we made as a company was our MakerBot, and it has been extremely instrumental in aiding us in our prototyping."

Their work, as well as their self-promotion, has not gone unnoticed -- recently, Berman and West launched a Kickstarter campaign for Trusst that reached its $25,000 goal in less than a week. Any additional funds raised over the campaign's remaining weeks will help the company add to its large selection of sizes (the number now stands at 42), as well as its product line, which now includes three bras and matching panties.

"Depending on demand, we plan to expand our core line into additional colors and patterns, as well as expand to even larger sizes than we are initially offering," says Berman. "Future development includes athletic and swimwear for larger cup sizes."

The Trusst Kickstarter campaign will continue until May 22. 

Who's hiring in PGH? Sequoia Waste Solutions, Edward Marc Brands and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

A+ Schools, a local advocate for equity and excellence in public education, needs a community organizer to build, manage, and mobilize adult networks in Pittsburgh. Please send a cover letter and resume to newopportunities@aplusschools.org by May 31, 2015.

Team Tassy, an organization committed to eliminating global poverty, needs a candidate to fill the newly created manager of engagement and partnerships position.

Sequoia Waste Solutions is looking for an implementation and operational support analyst to help clients streamline their waste and recycling removal processes. Candidates must have a four-year degree in business, statistics, mathematics, or a related field.

The Pittsburgh-based chocolatier Edward Marc Brands is hiring a logistic specialist to help maintain efficiency throughout the company’s supply chain.

American Eagle Outfitters is looking for a product manager to help deliver the next version of the company’s website. Requirements include a four-year degree in marketing, MIS, business administration, or a related field and five years of consumer-based online experience.

Uber is looking to fill numerous engineering positions at their Pittsburgh Advanced Technology Center.

Who's hiring in PGH? Three Rivers Rowing Association, Kopp Glass and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), one of the largest community boathouses in the country, is seeking a full-time executive director. The candidate will help develop and deliver safe, sustainable programs and events that teach and promote the benefits of rowing and paddling in Pittsburgh. Deadline for applications is April 24.

Neighborhood Allies and LISC are seeking a program manager for lending and financial services

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is looking for a part-time graphic designer and marketing assistant. Requires an undergraduate degree and three to six years of graphic design and customer service experience.

Kopp Glass, a worldwide leader in molded, blown, precision, and filter glass for technical, industrial, and commercial applications, has multiple open positions, including a materials engineer, a new product engineer, and a marketing assistant.

The Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh is hiring a manager of business development and outreach.

Paid Internships

kWantera, a GE-backed intelligent energy startup, is looking for a graphic and web design intern.

The Grant Street Group, a leading developer, host, and administer of customized software applications, needs a summer IT services intern to assist with their relocation.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? RE2, Maker Theater and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

RE2, a Lawrenceville-based robotics outfit and Carnegie Mellon University spin-off, recently received funding from the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office and the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to develop technology that would assist combat medics in the field. Called LIFELINE, the system would allow them to quickly maneuver, treat, and evacuate wounded soldiers in dangerous situations.

In the past, RE2 has researched and developed robotic technologies for the U.S. military, the Allegheny County bomb squad, and for people with disabilities. LIFELINE is the first project created specifically for front-line medical personnel. RE2 President and CEO Jorgen Pedersen says that, unlike the currently used body armor, the project could offer combat medics a much-needed hand.

RE2 now has openings for a senior electrical engineer and a product/project manager.

Identified Tech, a Pittsburgh-based startup that uses drones to help energy and construction sites operate safely and efficiently, is hiring a front-end developer and a lead software engineer.

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is hiring a full-time IT associate to provide administrative, technical, and project-related support.

The Sewickley-based nonprofit Sweetwater Center for the Arts is hiring a full-time marketing and development coordinator.

The nationwide employee-owned firm SWCA Environmental Consultants is hiring a cultural resources project manager for their Pittsburgh offices. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in archeology, anthropology or a related field.

The Maker Theater, a small 99-seat black box venue located in the East End, is looking for a part-time house manager to oversee the space during show nights and matinees.

The Andy Warhol Museum is hiring an associate registrar to assist with incoming exhibitions and loans. Requires a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in art history or a related field.

Paid Internships:

The marketing analytics company Rhiza has an open design internship and a market research internship. Both positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

The online language learning platform Duolingo has an available product designer internship.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Duquesne University enables entrepreneurs with VIE program

Last month, a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry showed that Pittsburgh held fast to a 5.2 percent unemployment rate over the past two months. Though the number is an improvement from the previous year, it still means that thousands of people remain without work. To help improve the statistic, Duquesne University will offer unemployed residents the chance to create their own jobs through an instructional program at the school's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

From April 20 through April 23, the SBDC will kick off Venturing Into Entrepreneurship (VIE), a free program designed to increase small business success and bring prosperity to economically distressed areas. Duquesne SBDC Director Dr. Mary McKinney says that VIE will offer aspiring entrepreneurs the tools and confidence to make their ideas a reality.

"The person needs to have a good idea, want to own a business, and have the dedication and motivation to take the step," says McKinney. "Our training and follow-up consulting will then assist them in understanding the necessary steps and guide them through the process of developing the plan. The goal, of course, is to have them actually open the business within a reasonable period of time."

As McKinney explains, the program will gather qualified unemployed individuals from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties to take part in four days of intensive in-class training and one-on-one counseling and mentoring. The sessions are taught by a select group of business consultants and professionals, and deal with the specific issues and challenges faced by the new entrepreneur, among them writing a business plan, crafting a marketing strategy, and seeking financial resources.

Through VIE, Duquesne hopes to assist 50 to 55 clients and create 10 to 12 businesses by the end of September.

"The Duquesne SBDC has a strong track record of assisting individuals in the transition from employment to business ownership," says McKinney. "We have directed several previous programs targeted to training recently unemployed workers to start a business quite successfully."

Blu Salt combines fashion with function to create sustainable bags

Entrepreneur Rohini Shah worked in the corporate world for over a decade, but became fed up with the inability to balance her demanding, travel-heavy career and her family.

"I used to be frustrated on many levels – the dissonance between the stereotypes of a good worker and mother was difficult for me to come to terms with," says Shah, who has a young son. "Similarly, I was frustrated with not being able to find carry products that I could use seamlessly in both my personal and professional life, without worrying about transferring everything I needed each time."

The answer to her problems was Blu Salt, a Pittsburgh-based independent retail company that she founded in 2013. Described as carrying products for the "Thinking Woman," the business focuses on making "little black bags" from recycled or reused materials. Shah hopes that Blu Salt will also help reduce consumption by offering a go-to accessory for all occasions.

"There are an infinite number of other choices when it comes to choosing a little black bag, but no other black bag is designed from scratch to help you consume less by simply being the most versatile bag you could use, eliminating the need for other bags, and maximizing the social good from having been created," says Shah.

Shah works with a designer from the West Coast to create Blu Salt's goods from sustainable materials. The bag exteriors are constructed from Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (RPET), while the lined interiors are made with organic cotton and upcycled silk. As Shah explains, the choice to use eco-friendly, cruelty-free fabrics not only gives consumers peace of mind, but a stylish, functional product.

"With our RPET exteriors, the fabric was chosen with a lot of care to have the feel of silk. It also has strength at the fraction of the weight of a leather bag, so from a user perspective, you have an extremely durable, but lightweight water- and stain-resistant bag," says Shah. "Similarly, the organic cotton and silk interiors ensure that cards and valuables are not scratched while still contributing to a lightweight bag with a lot of organizational space."

The first Blu Salt designs hit the market late last year to notable success -- one of their products, the Rama Wallet, was included in the Hollywood Swag Bag gift baskets for the 2015 SAG nominees. In addition to the wallet, the company also carries a clutch purse and a lunch bag. Shah adds that they are currently in the process of designing a laptop bag, a shoulder bag and a travel bag, all of which should be ready by the end of August or September.

Blu Salt bags are now available at Littles Shoes in Squirrel Hill and through the South Hills Style Truck

Who's hiring in PGH? ShowClix, Bethlehem Haven and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hill District is seeking a full-time librarian. Requires a Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited school. Previous experience working with youth is preferred. Interested candidates should apply online by March 29.

Bethlehem Haven, a nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless communities in Pittsburgh, is hiring a manager of annual giving. Requires a minimum of five years of development and special event experience.

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB), a nonprofit focused on connecting job seekers with employers, is hiring a youth program manager to coordinate an effective youth workforce development system.

The CMUSoftware Engineering Institute has numerous positions at its Emerging Technology Center, including openings for software developers and a cyber intelligence analyst.

The national aerospace and defense company L-3 Communications is looking for a senior mechanical engineer (ID 068107) and a senior mechanical engineer contractor (ID 057459) at its Pittsburgh offices.

The Pittsburgh-based online ticketing service ShowClix has multiple open positions. The company also has available internships in software engineering and marketing. 

Golden Triangle Bike Rental, a family-owned and -operated business in Downtown Pittsburgh, has numerous full-time and part-time positions available for the upcoming summer season, including some for tour guides and bicycle mechanics. Please send resume to britt@bikepittsburgh.com.

Paid Internships

Baby gear company 4moms is looking for a full-time brand engagement intern to join the marketing team.

The consulting engineering firm McCormick Taylor is seeking a graphic design intern at its Pittsburgh offices.
 

RE2 to give combat medics a hand with robot arm technology

Combat medics deliver life-saving treatment to wounded soldiers during wartime, but when it comes to protecting themselves from danger, there are few options. Now one local company is working to help these professionals to do their jobs more effectively and safely under hostile conditions.

RE2, a Lawrenceville-based robotics outfit and Carnegie Mellon University spin-off, recently received funding from the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office and the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to develop technology that would assist combat medics in the field. Called LIFELINE, the system would allow them to quickly maneuver, treat, and evacuate wounded soldiers in dangerous situations.

In the past, RE2 has researched and developed robotic technologies for the U.S. military, the Allegheny County bomb squad, and for people with disabilities. LIFELINE is the first project created specifically for front-line medical personnel. RE2 President and CEO Jorgen Pedersen believes that, unlike the currently used body armor, the project could offer combat medics a much-needed hand.

"If the medic needs assistance, most likely a soldier will need to refocus from protecting the medic and other soldiers to assist the medic," says Pedersen. "LIFELINE will allow soldiers to focus on their assignments, and provide the medic with the tools to rapidly move an injured soldier or soldiers to a safer location. This also has the effect of minimizing the exposure time of the medic in a hostile situation."

As Pedersen explains, LIFELINE would involve a robot arm-like module that installs onto autonomous ground vehicles. The system would accompany medics into the field, where it would provide a more efficient, and therefore safer means of moving injured soldiers out of harm's way.

Additional details on LIFELINE are now under wraps, but Pedersen reveals that previous creations, including their Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) and their large manipulator arms, will influence the technology. The project will align with the upcoming Army acquisition of medium-sized unmanned ground vehicles, which are currently slated to begin production in 2017.

ASSET and Google to present first Biz-Ed Blitz networking event

The national nonprofit ASSET has worked to advocate STEM education programs in the Pittsburgh area. On April 9, the organization will continue its mission with the first ever Biz-Ed Blitz.

Described as a speed networking event, Biz-Ed Blitz will connect local business and educational professionals, including senior managers, community relations officers, superintendents, and principals. ASSET organized the free event as a way to address the education and workforce demands of the region, where more and more jobs require skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

"Innovation cannot happen in isolation," says ASSET Director of Organizational Advancement Karen Ahearn. "By giving education and business professionals the opportunity to connect, ASSET can help bridge the gap between schools and businesses and inspire both parties to work together to prepare students for continued education and careers."

Biz-Ed Blitz will kick off with a mock networking session led by Leigh Pogue, Vice President of Human Resources for Westinghouse Electric Company, and Dr. Randy Lutz, Superintendent of Baldwin-Whitehall School District. From there, organizers will provide a forum for attendees to share ideas, via brief, three- to five-minute conversations, on advancing student learning.

The event was created in partnership with Comcast Newsmakers, WQED Pittsburgh, and Google, who will host the event at their Bakery Square offices.

"Originally, the Biz-Ed Blitz was to take place at ASSET’s offices," says Ahearn. "However, ASSET needed a larger space based on the number of early registrations. Because of our relationship with Google, we thought the partnership seemed fitting. After reaching out, Google agreed and was enthusiastic about accommodating our STEM event."

The Biz-Ed Blitz will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 9 at the Google offices in Bakery Square. Ahearn adds that the event will serve only as a networking event, and is not intended as an opportunity for businesses to market retail products and services to educators and schools. Those interested in participating can register at Eventbrite.  

Who's hiring in PGH? Millvale Public Library, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Millvale Community Library needs a full-time sustainability coordinator to oversee the community-wide food, water, and energy-related sustainability goals of the Millvale Ecodistrict plan. Application deadline is March 30.

The Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG), an organization committed to creating, enhancing, and preserving trail experiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is hiring a part-time executive director to oversee all aspects of general operations and management. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@ptagtrails.org. Application deadline is March 31.

Carnegie Mellon University is hiring an associate director for the academic research center, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. The qualified candidate will manage, implement and direct a diverse range of arts administration activities, including fundraising, public relations, event planning and facilities management. Requires a bachelor's degree and five years of office experience.

DVSport Software, a Pittsburgh-based sports software company specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software, needs a full-time information technology specialist and network administrator

The Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections has an opening for an offender management system specialist. Requires an associate degree in computer science, information technology, accounting or business, or equivalent experience. 

Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute, a leading provider of professional services and technology designed for the human services and nonprofit sector, is hiring a video production assistant. Requirements include a bachelor's degree in TV or film production, communications or a related field.

Giant Eagle is hiring a full-time candy specialist to help grow the company's candy and gift basket business. Responsibilities include developing candy recipes and production guidelines for existing and new and innovative candy offerings. Requires a degree in pastry arts.

Paid Internships

The Pittsburgh distillery Wigle Whiskey needs a summer community engagement and events coordinator intern to work at the facility's new Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden. Candidate will perform various duties, including giving tours, maintenance, and coordinating special events. A summer production assistant internship is also available.

The Citizen Science Lab, a hands-on life sciences laboratory, is looking for a summer social media intern.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Dormont offers worry-free parking with new MeterFeeder app

Dormont is home to numerous locally owned restaurants, bars, and retail shops. Now the borough will make it easier for business patrons to pay for parking with a new smartphone app.

Dormont Borough Council recently partnered with the Crafton-based tech company MeterFeeder to launch a pilot program that will allow smartphone users to pay for parking remotely with an app. The arrangement began last December when MeterFeeder representatives approached former Dormont Borough Manager Jeff Naftal with their services.

The pilot program -- taking effect at the end of March -- makes Dormont the first municipality to work with MeterFeeder, which designs parking applications for the public and for law enforcement use. Jeremy Moore, who heads business development and operations at MeterFeeder, said he believes that the program will demonstrate how local governments can easily and inexpensively adopt parking apps.

"One of MeterFeeder's main goals is to show that any municipality anywhere can offer easy mobile parking solutions without spending hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars on expensive hardware and infrastructure," says Moore. "Our partnership with Dormont will help show other municipalities the advantages of this system and that they can provide the same services that large cities offer their residents."

The MeterFeeder app works by determining, through GPS tracking, when users are in Dormont's jurisdiction. It then allows them to use their license plate numbers and stored credit card information to pay for parking. The app will also send notifications when the user needs to pay for more time. Moore believes that MeterFeeder offers more benefits than similar parking apps, such as Pango.

"Unlike offerings like Pango, MeterFeeder doesn't charge a convenience fee to use, does not charge additional for push notifications, and it provides an end-to-end solution for the parkers and the enforcers," says Moore. "We also are available for use by any municipality regardless of size or current parking solution."

The company is currently training Dormont police and staff on how to use MeterFeeder and its companion app, MeterReader, which allows local law enforcement to check whether the driver paid with MeterFeeder. The MeterFeeder app will become available to the public by the end of March.

CMU and IBM partner to create smarter buildings

Carnegie Mellon University hopes to save money and become more efficient with an innovative new approach to managing resources. CMU recently announced a partnership with IBM to improve campus-wide energy use. The project, called the Smarter Buildings Initiative, will use IBM-supported cloud technology to collect and monitor data from CMU systems, including those that control water, electricity, and heating and cooling.

The move will pioneer the new IBM Building Management Center, and make CMU the first higher education institution to utilize a cloud-based analytics system for reducing energy and facility operating costs. Once fully implemented, the process would save the school approximately 10 percent, or $2 million, a year on utilities.

"Our initial estimates of the potential benefits of the smarter buildings process were based on published research studies and actual data generated by IBM’s use of the technology in their own real estate operations," says Associate Vice President for CMU’s Facilities Management Services Donald Coffelt. "We determined the 10 percent figure from that baseline data, experiences by other IBM partners and some CMU specific elements like utility costs, energy use and building size."

The Smarter Buildings Initiative will begin with a pilot program in nine of CMU’s largest and most prominent buildings, including the Jared L. Cohon University Center, Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Hall, Doherty Hall, the Purnell Center for the Arts, the Gates Center for Computer Science, and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. The initial application will focus on HVAC systems, and will later cover lighting, water, and other utilities. The project is scheduled to reach all of CMU's 36 buildings within the next three years.

As Coffelt explains, the Smarter Buildings Initiative helps to further CMU’s role as a founding partner in the Oakland expansion of the Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District, which challenge partner organizations to achieve 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption and transportation-related emissions by the year 2030. He adds that it also demonstrates the university's ongoing focus on becoming more energy efficient.

"Energy costs and energy consumption have been trending down at CMU for several years," says Coffelt. "In fact, CMU’s energy costs and consumption for 2014 are actually lower on a per square foot basis than they were in 2008."

PItt researchers set their sights on curing corneal blindness with stem cells

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a potential treatment for corneal blindness with stem cells.

A team lead by Dr. Fatima Syed-Picard of Pitt’s Department of Ophthalmology successfully transformed dental pulp stem cells obtained from wisdom teeth into corneal stromal cells, called keratocytes. The findings, which were published online in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, indicate that corneal transplant tissue could potentially be created from a patient’s own cells.

“Dental pulp has been shown to have a population of adult stem cells that can become a number of different cell types,” says Syed-Picard. “The dental pulp and the cornea have the same developmental origins. This is why we thought that stem cells from the dental pulp might be able to become corneal cells.”

As Syed-Picard explains, the cells were obtained from human third molars -- commonly referred to as wisdom teeth -- provided by the Pitt School of Dental Medicine. After removing the pulp tissue, the team then isolated the stem cells and cultured them in a solution that coaxed them into becoming keratocytes. The engineered keratocytes were then injected into the corneas of healthy mice, where they integrated without signs of rejection.

The study is one of many looking into how dental pulp stem cells could become instrumental in future regenerative therapies. In this case, the ability to engineer keratocytes could mean more access to treatment for corneal blindness, which affects millions of people worldwide. Currently, donor corneal tissues are used to treat corneal blindness, and while the method has a high success rate, many countries suffer from a shortage of the resource.

“One benefit of trying to use dental pulp stem cells is that, potentially, these cells could be collected from the patients themselves,” says Syed-Picard. “There would be no need for donor tissue.”

The next round of experiments will assess whether the technique can correct corneal scarring in an animal model. But, as Syed-Picard points out, more work will need to take place before any testing on humans can proceed.

“Our research is still in the early stages, and it will be years before the use of dental pulp stem cells for corneal restoration can be tested in humans,” says Syed-Picard. “Additional studies need be done in mice and also in larger animals to prove efficacy and safety."

Who's hiring in PGH? First Insight, Mosser Casting and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

First Insight -- whose clients include such big-name brands as Abercrombie & Fitch and The Limited -- enables companies to determine customer demand faster and more easily by collecting data through online consumer engagement and using it to choose, price and correctly market the best new products. As opposed to in-store testing, which can usually take weeks or months to gather data, First Insight's approach only takes one to three days, and costs much less to perform. It also provides more accurate data that can help companies boost profits: In 2013, Vera Bradley credited First Insight for an overall four percent sales increase, which was due to using predictive analytics in developing a market strategy for the brand's line of baby accessories.

First Insight now has multiple open positions in the Pittsburgh area, including a development manager and an insight coordinator.  

The Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), a nonprofit organization committed to reducing traffic and air pollution in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, is hiring a program administrator. Qualifications include a four-year degree and three years of professional work experience. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to oaklandtmajobs@gmail.com by March 20.

The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) at University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) are seeking a four-year lecturer in Curatorial Studies. The candidate will work both as a scholar-teacher in HAA’s art history department and as a curator with the cross-disciplinary collections of the Carnegie Museums. Please send application materials to Molly Sabol at mks89@pitt.edu by April 10.

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm located in the Strip District, is hiring a full-time intern architect. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in architecture and one to four years of professional experience.

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) needs a design director to support the school’s branding efforts. Requires a bachelor’s degree in commercial art or design and eight to ten years of experience.

The Phipps Conservatory has new full-time and part-time employment opportunities, including a human resources administrator and event assistants.

The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) has openings for two full-time case managers to provide comprehensive intensive case management services and coordination for residents of Hamilton Larimer and East Liberty Gardens (HL-ELG), also referred to as the Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI). Please send cover letter, resume, application, and compensation requirements to HR Director, 6140 Station St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, or email them to KellyJ@eecm.org.

Mosser Casting, a Lawrenceville-based regional talent agency, has immediate openings for part-time and full-time casting assistants. Access to a car and laptop required. Video camera, video editing, and Photoshop experience a plus. Please send resumes to mossercasting.jobs@gmail.com.

PerkinElmer, a global corporation focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, is hiring a software engineer at its Pittsburgh offices.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.
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