Company Summary:

Tessera Therapeutics is pioneering Gene Writing™— a new biotechnology designed to offer scientists and clinicians the ability to write small and large therapeutic messages into the genome, thereby curing diseases at their source. Gene Writing holds the potential to become a new category in genetic medicine, building upon recent breakthroughs in gene therapy and gene editing while eliminating important limitations in their reach, utilization, and efficacy. Tessera Therapeutics was founded by Flagship Pioneering, a life sciences innovation enterprise that conceives, resources, and develops first-in-category companies to transform human health and sustainability.

Position Summary:

The Intern will be responsible for supporting the team through execution of various molecular and cellular biology protocols. This individual will join a dynamic, rapidly growing, and highly collaborative team that combines significant biologic drug discovery experience with pioneering discoveries driving a novel biological platform. The student will receive close mentoring from a top tier scientific team to perform various molecular and cell biology techniques. The intern will join group’s effort to carry out studies to apply Gene Rewriter technology in vivo to cure genetic diseases.

Key Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work both independently and as part of a collaborative team to:

  • Culture mammalian culture cell lines and primary cells
  • Perform transfection of nucleic acids
  • Perform molecular biology assays and techniques, including Western Blot, ELISA, PCR and qRT-PCR
  • Process and homogenize animal cells and tissue for the isolation of proteins and/or nucleic acids
  • Maintain thorough and detailed electronic lab notebooks and documentation records
  • Organize, summarize, and present data to researchers within project teams and department
  • Assist in organization of samples, test material, and reagents related to the team’s research

Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline with an interest genetic medicine, therapeutic delivery of nucleic acids, and/or translational sciences
  • At least two years of an undergraduate education completed within a Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline
  • Familiarity with molecular biology (western blot & PCR) and cell culture
  • Ability to work safely and independently in an R&D laboratory environment
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi-task and troubleshoot
  • Quick and engaged learner, independent thinker
  • Enthusiasm and excitement for the pursuit of cutting-edge science

Preferred Qualifications but NOT required:

    • Previous co/op experience (5-6 months)
    • Experience with mammalian cell culture
    • Experience handling lipid nanoparticles
    • Experience with processing tissue samples
    • Experience/understanding of current gene editing technologies


More About Flagship Pioneering

Flagship Pioneering has conceived of and created companies such as Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT), Omega Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OMGA), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), and Indigo Agriculture. Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures. In 2021, Flagship Pioneering was ranked 12th globally on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, an annual ranking of companies that have made a positive social and environmental impact through activities that are part of their core business strategies.

Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.


Recruitment & Staffing Agencies:  Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates.  The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team.   Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

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