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Antibody Technologies (B-Mine) - Research Assistant- Co-op -Fall '22

EMD Serono
Full Time
Billerica, MA
Posted Today
Job description

This opportunity is 6-months for Fall 2022.

Who We Are:

At EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in the U.S., we have a long-standing legacy of making a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones. Helping to create, improve and prolong lives fuels our passion.

We have a long history of integrating cutting-edge science and innovative technology to develop products and devices that meet the needs of patients living with difficult-to-treat diseases. Our long-standing legacy of making a difference to patients and their loved ones fuels our passion to invest further.

Today, our refocused pipeline is the strongest it has ever been, with more than 20 projects in clinical development focused on potential new oncology and immuno-oncology medicines in more than 15 difficult-to-treat tumor types, as well as investigational treatments for psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases

Alongside our colleagues at Millipore Sigma and EMD Electronics, we’ve once again been named a “Top Place to Work” by the Boston Globe in 2021!

Your Role:

EMD Serono Research and Development institute is seeking an engaged and enthusiastic Research Assistant- Co-op for the Antibody Technologies B-mine Group. This 6-month learning experience in a collaborative environment will help prepare the candidate for the next steps of their professional journey.

The co-op will join an Antibody Technologies sub team that is responsible for High Throughput (HT) discovery of immunoglobulin genes from single B-cells majorly using microfluidic Beacon platform. They may also work partially for a sub-group that is responsible for utilizing next generation sequencing (NGS) data for antibody discovery and hit optimization using variety of computational tools in a High Throughput (HT) manner.

The Co-op will join a team which supports a wide variety of cutting-edge molecular biology techniques (High Throughput Cloning, PCRs, Sequencing, and DNA preparation) for early drug antibody discovery, with a high focus on Berkeley Lights - Beacon enhanced single B cell platform. The co-op will have the opportunity to assist in preliminary experiments involving NGS platforms as well.

Additionally, the co-op will operate a variety of automation systems such as QIAGEN BioRobot Universal Systems, QPix420, epMotion 5073 and 5075 Liquid Handlers, Hamilton Star Plus Liquid Handler, and BioXp3250 Gene Synthesis for high throughput screening processes, and assist in developing other automation solutions.

In addition to the listed activities above, they will also document work in electronic lab notebooks and present data in group meetings. The co-op will be responsible for data management according to Quality Management Standards and lab safety following EHS regulations. The co-op will actively interact and work closely with team members within the department and other departments and can network with other co-op students in the company as well.

Who You Are:

  • preferably be a graduate (MS degree) in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Immunology, Bioengineering or Biological sciences.
  • Undergraduate students with previous co-op experience are also encouraged.

The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary, Internship

Pay: $28.00 - $30.00 per hour


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Billerica, MA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work Location: One location

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