Co-op Systems Immunology

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Based in Cambridge, MA and Gaithersburg, MD. We are committed to improving the health of people worldwide with our fundamental research and our work in the area of development of immunotherapies utilizing the full potential of the immune system to fight cancer, infectious diseases and other serious diseases. We believe in scientific rigor, innovation and passion as driving forces. BioNTech was founded by scientists and physicians to translate science into survival by combining fundamental research and operational excellence.

With decades of deep immunology expertise and experience in developing and optimizing mRNA as part of its broad suite of novel technologies, the company is working with the global community to defeat life-threatening and serious diseases such as cancer, COVID-19, malaria and tuberculosis. The first ever approved mRNA vaccine was created in the labs of BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. A fully integrated immunotherapy powerhouse. We remain focused on bringing our broad pipeline of next-generation immunotherapies and vaccines to people around the world to address cancer, infectious diseases, as well as a growing list of other medical conditions. To accomplish this, we continue to be deeply rooted in science and academic research while also having built a fully integrated, global immunotherapy company with cGMP and GMP manufacturing facilities anchored around deep expertise in immunology and complemented by an expanding set of capabilities.


Co-op Systems Immunology


Job Summary

BioNTech US is seeking a highly motivated Co-op to join the Systems Immunology team. Our team works on designing effective vaccines against infectious diseases. The team plays a major role in the development of BioNTech's malaria vaccine, using multidisciplinary approaches. Additionally, we are involved in early target discovery within a number of other infectious disease programs: the team selects antigens to be included in vaccine candidates, and designs the encoded protein, and performs in-vitro / ex-vivo experiments to characterize the immune responses. The Co-op will assist in development and execution of key assays for the phenotyping of immune responses to our designed vaccines. The laboratory operations will include characterization using ELISpot, cell culture, flow cytometry, and other basic immunology techniques. Key responsibilities will also include maintaining general lab organization and lab inventory. A big part of your role will include working directly with pre-clinical samples from animal studies and donor samples to explore the relationship between our vaccines and the immune responses they elicit. This role will provide the Co-op an opportunity to contribute to programs that are expected to have broad impact on global health, and specifically to the fast-moving malaria program. If you enjoy working in a highly collaborative team to achieve mutual goals, and would like to get hands on experience in immunological assays, this could be a great role for you. As part of our multi-disciplinary team, you will work closely and collaborate with other scientists in the group with expertise in B and T cell immunology, as well as computational biology. You will get to work with members from other teams within the research environment.




The areas of responsibilities will include:


  • Develop and perform immunological assays, including ELISpot, ELISA, flow cytometry and tetramer staining, on both healthy donor and pre-clinical materials
  • Assist in characterizing immune cell populations from mouse splenocytes and tissue, as well as human donor-derived material by developing and implementing novel immunological assays
  • Maintain and troubleshoot instrumentation commonly utilized by the research team
  • Assist in general laboratory maintenance for the Systems Immunology group, including inventory upkeep and maintaining a streamlined work environment
  • Analysis and presentation of results within the team and potential for presentation to broader scientific groups
  • Maintain a high standard of experimentation and record keeping
  • Work productively in a team environment and independently to deliver against timelines



  • Coursework in Biology/Biotechnology or related field, with focus or interest in immunology
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Previous experience in a laboratory (through coursework, academic lab, or previous co-op)
  • Safe lab practices and handling of biological material
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and work cross-functionally within the immunology department
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

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Then apply now for our location Cambridge (Boston) and simply send us your application documents using our online form.

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