Research Intern, T Cell Therapy

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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, T Cell Therapy 



As a member of the TCR Research group, the intern will work with the BioNTech Research team by assisting in the day-to-day functions of TCR research laboratories. This opportunity will allow the intern to gain real world experience in a biopharmaceutical research facility, with the focus of developing novel adoptive T cell therapies targeting solid tumors. Responsibilities will include:

  • Processing patient tumor biopsies
  • Performing routine cell culture and expansion of primary immune cells and tumor organoids
  • Assessing the specificity and functionality of T cells and tumor organoids by multicolor flow cytometry, MSD, and other immune related assays
  • Genetic engineering using RNA electroporation, viral vectors, or CRISPR of primary immune cells and tumor organoids
  • Tracking and compiling results and maintaining organized repositories of data and materials
  • Disseminating experimental results in a timely manner and presenting at group meetings as appropriate.



  • Must be at least 18 years or older.
  • Must be currently or recently enrolled in a full time Bachelor/Master’s Degree program at an accredited university/college in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or similar program of study 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. 
  • Prior experience using flow cytometry is a plus.
  • Prior experience with genetic engineering in cell lines, tumor organoids, or primary cells is a plus.

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