Intern, Process Sciences – Technology Development

Location:  Novato, California Category: Process Science Employment Category: Fulltime-Temporary



The BioMarin Summer Internship Program will enable students to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the processes and systems within BioMarin, while gaining an insight into the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.


Our team develops new technologies and production platforms for a broad range of therapeutics which include proteins, antibodies, and gene therapy.  The individual will collaborate with multiple groups including Process Sciences, Purification, Analytical, and Research Department. We are looking for a team member that is highly motivated, natural curiosity, and loves to learn new techniques and methods. Specifically this position will evaluate new production systems for gene therapy manufacturing and factors that contribute to increasing productivity and influence product quality.



Required hands-on skills:

  • Aseptic cell culturing techniques for suspension and adherent cells including cell passaging/counting/cryopreservation, preparation of solutions/media and viral vector handling
  • DNA delivery technologies such as transfection and electroporation
  • Restriction enzymes, miniprep and maxiprep
  • ELISA, PCR, SDS-PAGE/Western blot, agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Flow cytometry and cell sorting
  • Fluorescence microscopy

Desired experiences:

  • Cell biology, microbiology and virology
  • Smaller than 3-L scale production of biologics and/or viral vector, protein expression – Shake flask, microwell plate and bioreactor
  • Plasmid and viral vector design
  • Molecular cloning
  • Development and improvement of cellular assays
  • Automation (e.g. liquid handler, Tecan, miniprep robot, etc.)
  • Protein and viral vector purification using chromatography/centrifugation techniques
  • Stable clone generation and selection
  • Undergrad or Graduate student pursing a degree in cell or molecular biology
  • Student must be returning to school in the Fall Term OR has graduated within the 1 year of the start of the intern program
  • Must be available to work 40 hours a week
  • Housing and Transportation is responsibility of the Intern

Benefits of a BioMarin Internship:

  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences
  • Comprehensive, value-added project(s)
  • Work in teams and with colleagues in a professional environment
  • Develop technical skills specific to your major
  • Provides opportunities for professional development by building relationships and learning about other parts of the business
  • Weekly lunch seminar series with Executive Staff
  • End of summer poster presentation to the BioMarin Community

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.