Summer Intern, Research Lab

San Diego
May 03, 2018
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type

The Research Intern assists the scientific staff in carrying out research assignments involving a variety of laboratory methods, equipment and procedures. 


  •  Executes bench experiments carefully and precisely

  • Makes detailed observations as experiments are conducted and reports data accurately and effectively

  • Maintains complete and accurate records of all work done in the laboratory

  • Performs a wide variety of tasks in the laboratory, including: maintaining adherent cell lines, plasmid DNA preps, ligation, PCR, and DNA digestion

  • Monitors work to ensure quality

  • Records inventory changes as supplies and reagents are used

  • Presents and discusses results of experiments within department and project team 

  • Analyzes data and interprets results

  • Prepares technical reports, summaries and protocols 


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Basic understanding of cellular biology, molecular biology and virology

  • Able to learn new skills quickly

  • Basic knowledge of laboratory procedures, established techniques, instruments and equipment.

  • Basic understanding of Universal Precautions and Basic Lab safety

  • Able to repeat a procedure in the laboratory multiple times in exactly the same way

  • Works well in a team environment

  • Highly self-motivated, with excellent organizational skills and critical-thinking skills

  • Skilled with use of word processing, spreadsheets, graphical and presentation software applications


  • High school degree and a minimum of 1-2 years of experience in a biology laboratory