Internship, Analytical Development - Chemistry

San Diego, CA
Jan 13, 2022
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Imagine… 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives.


This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapy are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.


We are seeking a highly motivated summer intern to join the growing, dynamic multidisciplinary Analytical Development Chemistry Team.  The person will contribute to the characterization of AAV capsid proteins using Thermo Scientific Orbitrap mass spectrometer and Waters UPLC. 


  • 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 and basic HPLC/UPLC or LC-MS set up and run samples
  • Perform data analysis using different 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 Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mass spectrometry, or Science discipline.
  • Completed at least two years of college education before beginning the internship.
  • Must be enrolled in school the semester following the internship.
  • Student must have hands on experience using HPLC/UPLC and software.
  • 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.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA


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


Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we're proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people's lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.


We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world's toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!  Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!


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.


Accessibility and reasonable accommodations

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

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