MOLECULAR BACTERIOLOGY/PATHOGENOMICS INTERN
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Applications: November– February 2021
Interviews: January – March 2021, on a rolling basis
Offers: Late January – March 2021
Internship: 40 hours/week for 10-13 weeks, typically May – August
At Zoetis, the health and safety of our colleagues, contractors and interns is our top priority. We make decisions based on these guiding principles: Be Safe, Feel Safe, Feel Supported. As a Zoetis intern, you can expect Zoetis to abide by safety guidelines from the CDC, aligned with local guidance.
Bacterial molecular biology will be applied to create and characterize live attenuated strains for use as animal vaccines. Conventional and cutting-edge technologies for bacterial modification and characterization are integral skills that will be applied and enhanced in this highly engaging industry position.
Internship Job Duties:
- Interact with expert molecular bacteriologists to utilize genetic, genomic, and bioinformatic tools for direct modification of veterinary pathogens.
- Develop optimized cloning and gene knock-out/gene editing strategies for bacterial cells.
- Construct live vaccine candidates, confirm genetic manipulations by PCR/genome analysis, and phenotypically characterize strains using conventional bacteriology and transcriptomic tools.
- Interact with bioinformaticians to design, execute, and interpret bacterial transcriptomics experiments.
- Support novel bacterial attenuation technology, working in an industrial molecular microbiology lab.
- Must be a self-motivated student with bacteriology experience and an interest in applied microbiology.
- Must be proficient at aseptic technique, molecular cloning, DNA preparation, PCR, gene analysis software, and be familiar with bacterial propagation and genetic manipulation.
- Enrolled in a program related to Bacterial Genetics/Physiology, Microbiology, or Genomics.
- Training in bioinformatics/genomics/transcriptomics is a plus but not essential.
- Enrolled in a degree program during the Spring term preceding internship
- Completion of at least one year of undergraduate studies and a 3.0 GPA or higher
- At least 18 years of age and authorized to work in the U.S.
- Successfully pass a background check and drug screen
- Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, problem solving & analytical skills