Molecular Biology Intern

Number of employees

265

Cambridge, MA, United States

Posted on: 2024-04-10

Category: agritech

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Internship

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Intern

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About the company:

Inari embraces diversity in every aspect of our business to drive innovation and help build a new food system. Our technology matches the complexity of nature to transform seed using predictive design and multiplex gene editing – unlocking the full potential through our SEEDesign™ platform. The result is step-change products that lead to more productive acres and a more sustainable future for the food system. 

About Inari...

Inari is the SEEDesign™ company. We embrace the diversity and complexity of nature in every aspect of our business to drive innovation – to push the boundaries of what is possible. Through our unrivaled technology platform, Inari uses predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing to develop step-change products. We are taking a nature positive approach to unlock the full potential of seed that will transform the food system. The results will lead to more productive acres delivering value creation for farmers and a more sustainable future for our planet.

Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.

We have over 300 employees, with research sites in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Ghent (Belgium), as well as a product development site in West Lafayette, IN (USA). We’ve deliberately built a team that brings diversity of thought to all aspects of our business, to generate new ideas, approaches, and ways of operating. And we've intentionally combined experience with potential, bringing agriculture industry experts with the desire to innovate together with bright minds from academia, human therapeutics, software, and consulting. If you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions to feed the world while protecting our planet’s natural resources, we’d love to hear from you!

ABOUT THE ROLE… 

We are looking for two molecular biology summer interns currently enrolled in an B.S. (junior/senior), M.S. or Ph.D. program with experience in protein biochemistry and characterization methods to help our team develop interaction proteomics assays in plants and in vitro. These assays are a pillar in a comprehensive “model-assay-data' approach to construct and validate protein interaction networks underlying complex phenotypes. One project will focus primarily on the use of affinity purification coupled to mass spectrometry methods; the second will focus on the adaptation of eukaryotic cell-free protein expression systems to analyze protein-protein interactions in vitro. Both full-time lab positions will be closely mentored by Inari scientists. 

AS AN INTERN YOU WILL… 

  • Work with plant scientists to develop methods to purify and characterize protein complexes from plant tissue (one position) 
  • Work with biochemists to develop cell-free protein interaction assays (one position) 
  • Work with molecular biologists to design and build vectors to express plant proteins 
  • Work with protein and data scientists to apply cutting-edge models for in silico protein interaction screens 
  • Gain familiarity with the biology of protein-protein interactions and networks 
  • Use the scientific literature inform new analyses and hypotheses 
  • Present your results to stakeholders within the company 
  • Become familiar with the best-practices of working in a private sector biotechnology company 

YOU BRING ... 

  • Practical experience in standard laboratory molecular techniques (buffer preparation, molecular cloning, vector construction, and protein expression, and gel electrophoresis) 
  • Basic understanding of molecular cell biology and the structure and function of proteins 
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities to collaborate with protein and data scientists. 
  • Excellent analytical skills to interpret experimental data and troubleshoot assays. 
  • Strong written communication and ability to manage laboratory records  
  • Ability to read and understand primary research literature 
  • Ability to work in a team in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment 
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and to exchange constructive feedback 
  • Adaptability and enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and a passion for learning 
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm for protein science and bioengineering 

Bonus qualifications... 

  • Pursuing a degree in Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, or a related field. 
  • Experience with protein purification and characterization techniques, such as affinity chromatography, gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, Western blots, and mass spectrometry. 
  • Understanding of plant tissue handling and protein extraction methods. 
  • Familiarity with protein-protein interaction assays and network analysis. 
  • Experience with electronic laboratory notebook software 

 

FOR U.S. CANDIDATES: Please note that we use the resume you submit with your application during our background check process. To ensure an efficient and accurate background verification, we kindly ask that you carefully review and accurately represent your work history, education and other relevant information on your resume. Any discrepancies or inaccuracies found during the background check may impact your candidacy for the position. 

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