Intern, Analytical Development - Chemistry

San Diego, CA, US
Mar 26, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? Since 2013, Novartis Gene Therapies (formerly AveXis) has had one focus: bringing change to those devastated by genetic diseases.

The Novartis Gene Therapies culture embraces this mission. As a compassionate and dedicated team, we are enthusiastic about the science behind our work and finding answers to difficult questions. We are dedicated to communities affected by rare diseases, and these patients and families are the motivation for everything we do.

We have built a team with exceptional depth of experience, unified by a common vision; to develop gene therapies with the potential to positively impact the lives of the patients and families devastated by rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Though we are proud of what we have achieved to date, we remain relentlessly focused on making that vision a reality.

Novartis Gene Therapies is seeking a highly motivated summer intern to join the growing, dynamic multidisciplinary Analytical Development Department. The person will contribute to the development and optimization of intact protein extraction from SDS-PAGE and intact protein analysis using Thermo Scientific Orbitrap mass spectrometer.

  • Work with PhD Sr. Scientist to design, perform experiment and analyze results
  • Discuss with internal or external expert to optimize experimental conditions
  • Perform sample preparation/gel extraction and basic LC-MS set up
  • Perform MS data analysis including intact protein and peptide level using different bioinformatics software
  • Contributes to technical report and summaries with guidance
  • Complies with all company safety, training, and quality regulations (e.g. GLP/GMP requirements, etc.) and procedures
  • May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned from manager


Candidate must be able to work independently with direction, as well as in collaborative teams. Interns must also be able to carry out standard operating procedures involving basic laboratory techniques, calculations, materials measurement, operation of laboratory equipment and record keeping. Interns can be responsible for testing data records, notebooks and computerized data storage.

  • Student currently enrolled in classes leading to an accredited Master/PhD' degree in a related Mass spectrometry, Biochemistry, chemistry, or science discipline.
  • Student must have hands on experience using mass spectrometers and software for protein and/or peptide analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work and maintain positive relationship with team members.
  • Willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills are required.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is required in performing all functions of this position.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Novartis Gene Therapies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.