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Summer Intern - Synthetic Biology

Prolific Machines

Prolific Machines

Emeryville, CA, USA · Emeryville, CA, USA · California, USA · United States
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024
We’re looking for a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to join the Synthetic Biology team as a summer intern from July-Sept 2024.

The Synthetic Biology group is rapidly expanding its capabilities across a number of functions including deep characterization of engineered mammalian cell lines. You will be instrumental in optimizing and executing cell genotyping approaches which will support multiple projects. Your responsibilities will include DNA extraction and quantification, PCR, and also optimization and execution of ddPCR-based assays. Your knowledge of molecular biology techniques, combined with your attention to detail and motivation to learn will make you highly effective in this role.

You’ll get to work cross collaboratively with team members in high throughput assay development, hardware engineering, bioprocessing, and data science disciplines to establish genotyping approaches that are crucial for Prolific’s success. This is a unique position and opportunity to leverage quantitative biology in an industrial setting. You’ll be provided with room for technical growth and receive mentorship to help you succeed.

About You

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, or a related field
  • Understanding of PCR-based techniques and molecular biology principles
  • Prior laboratory experience in molecular biology preferred
  • Strong attention to detail and keen interest in performing precise work
  • Self-starter who’s committed to team science and effective independent work
  • Have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Enjoy working in a molecular biology lab setting
  • Eager to experience work in a high-growth, fast-paced startup environment


Please apply by sending us your CV and a cover letter. In the cover letter, please focus on why you’re excited about this opportunity and what it will enable for you. Our team is excited to mentor a motivated student so tell us why you’re excited to learn from us!

Note: internship positions do not qualify for health, vision, or dental insurance.