Research Intern, Cellular Engineering

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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.



Research Intern, Cellular Engineering 



  • Performing routine cell culture of primary immune cells and cell line cultures, preparing media, initiating cell cultures, propagating cells, and cryopreserving using aseptic technique.
  • Assessing the phenotype of T cells and cell lines by multicolor flow cytometry including sample preparation, staining, data acquisition, and data analysis.
  • Genetic engineering using RNA, viral vectors, DNA plasmids, or CRISPR of primary immune cells and cell lines.
  • In vitro functional immune assays utilizing engineered TCR T-Cells.
  • Keep an organized record of each experiment performed, including information on experimental setup, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Disseminate experimental results in a timely manner and regularly present at group meetings as appropriate.




  • Must be at least 18 years or older.
  • Pursuing a BS in Immunology, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or a closely related field at an accredited university/college with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have completed at least one year of study at an accredited university/college prior to internship commencing.
  • Must be able to complete a 10-12 consecutive week internship between June and September.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.
  • Must not be employed at the time the internship start.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Prior lab-based research experience in working with cell culture in a Biosafety Cabinet (BSC), particularly working with immune cells, is preferred. 
  • The ability to multitask and perform job responsibilities in a timely manner within a fast-paced environment
  • The capacity to think critically and solve problems with some supervision
  • Conducts duties in an organized manner with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills

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