Thermo Fisher Scientific Intern - R&D, Cell Culure/Cell Therapy in Grand Island, New York

Job Description

Job Title R&D Intern

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work. You’ll have the opportunity to grow and learn in a culture that empowers your development. We have created an inclusive, global environment that values the power of diverse talent, backgrounds, and experiences to drive speed, productivity, innovation, and growth.

Our internship program will give you a chance to get real world business experience and build your network before graduation. We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join our growing organization. In this position, you will be expected to learn the ins-and-outs of our daily routines and procedures. You will focus on learning how our organization runs, and can be expected to gain valuable insight that can further your interest in your chosen career field.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our 70,000 employees the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world. The customers we serve fall within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications.

Summary of Internship

The R&D Intern will carry out assays associated with the development of novel cell culture media formulations and processes for cell therapy applications. The R&D Intern works in a laboratory environment and is required to lift up to 40 lbs. As an R&D Intern, you may be required to stand for long periods of time while performing duties. You must be able to work safely with chemicals and hazardous materials. An R&D Intern must be able to work flexible hours.

Candidate must be able to work independently with direction, as well as on teams within the Cell Culture Laboratories. Carry out standard operating procedures involving basic laboratory techniques, calculations, materials measurement, operation of laboratory equipment and record keeping necessary for generation of cell culture feasibility and applications data. Responsible for testing data records, notebooks and computerized data storage. Make detailed observations and analyze data to ensure assays are within operating parameters. Advise manager of factors that may affect quality of data.

Essential Functions

Executes experimental plans, analyzes data, and contributes to technical reports and product summaries with guidance

Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of data requires an evaluation of various factors

Exhibits creativity in selecting approaches and techniques for obtaining solutions

Investigates new methods and technologies and maintains accurate lab notebook to support protection of intellectual property in accordance with relevant Thermo Fisher required standards

Interacts with other internal departments (i.e., Business Development, Quality, Operations, Technical Services, and/or Marketing) in the commercialization of new products

Performs duties with guidance from manager

Complies with all company safety, training, and quality regulations (e.g., ISO compliance, GLP/GMP requirements, etc.) and procedures

May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned


Requires a functional knowledge of laboratory equipment and cell culture techniques (eg. changing medium and passaging cell lines, counting cells, etc.).

Accuracy and attention to detail is required in performing all functions of this position.

Initiative, organizational and computer skills are extremely valuable to ensure effective laboratory operations.

Must demonstrate judgment, tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal customers.

Excellent written and oral communications skills are required.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office software, especially Excel.

Minimum of 1 year undergraduate program in Immunology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or related Sciences.

2 or more semesters of laboratory work in Immunology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or other relevant setting.

Prior laboratory or internship experience

Prior immunology or cancer biology experience is a plus

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Apply today!

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