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Intern Protein Sciences

San Diego, CA
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Posted 12/04/2021

Job Description

The Vertex Summer Internship Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will be working closely with and learning from some of the brightest people in the industry. When you join our internship program you should not be surprised to see that our environment is one that is innovative and team oriented, where collaboration is not just a word, and "we are fearless" is in everything we do. Students can expect to be challenged by their summer project plan, connect with other interns, and feel valued by the Vertex community. Not only will interns learn about their day-to-day tasks through their specific work assignments, but they will interact and have exposure to our organizational leaders and their teams through a series of Professional Development Workshops.

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Our San Diego Site:

With ~235 employees and 195 in research, 60% of the site’s property is dedicated to lab space, housing 25 different types of labs. Vertex’s San Diego scientists discovered our CF medicines. Established in 2001, our teams carry out research in chemistry, biology, engineering, and computational sciences. San Diego scientists also record and maintain our global compound library, where more than 2 million vials of medicinal compounds are stored for use in research activities around the globe. Our one-of-a-kind instrumentation team has built, deployed, and supported more than 70 custom instruments and systems over the last 17 years.

The Protein Sciences Group in San Diego supports Vertex’s drug discovery programs through cutting-edge biophysics and structural biology-based approaches. We are happy to offer an exciting opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic intern/co-op to work with us as we seek to develop new therapies for a range of serious diseases with unmet needs. The co-op/intern project will focus on developing combinatorial phage/mRNA display libraries aimed at identifying novel peptide/antibody-based binders to key drug targets. It is anticipated that these will have valuable applications in the identification of new drug sites, development of new screening assays, and support POC studies for investigational treatment modalities.

Qualifications :

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Candidate must be enrolled in an advanced degree program if graduating in Spring 2022
  • 40 hours a week

Program Dates: May/June – August 2022

Key responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work with scientists cross-functionally to develop and execute plans to:

1) Construct optimal peptide- and antibody-based combinatorial phage and mRNA-display libraries

2) Express, purify, formulate and quality control recombinant protein targets of interest

3) Carry out screening campaigns and prosecute hits to develop leads with desired profiles

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at ApplicationAssistance@vrtx.com.

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