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Intern, Model Development, Biology Research

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Penngrove, California, US
Closing date
May 20, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
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BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect a relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.


The BioMarin Summer Internship Program will enable students to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the processes and systems within BioMarin, while gaining an insight into the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.

This role is an onsite position which requires regular presence in the lab/vivarium.

BioMarin's Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. The candidate will work in our model development (Modev) group, which focuses on creating animal models of the diseases, investigating mechanism of action (MoA), implanting the studies for proof of concept (PoC), and developing new techniques or identify new biomarker readouts.

Job Description

We are searching for a highly motivated intern to join the Model Development group in Biology Research department. The candidate will focus on implementing new methodology, conduct data acquisition and analysis, and present experimental findings to internal teams. To be specific, the candidate will assist in setup and development of methods to detect synaptic plasticity changes in brain from both normal and diseased animals. This position offers a unique career opportunity to work in a dynamic matrix-based team environment on multidisciplinary aspects of drug development. The successful candidate will interact with other members of the Biology Research department as well as collaborators to support our therapeutic discovery programs in neuroscience.

  • Interest/Major in Neuroscience/anatomy/physiology/biology, or closely related field
  • Willing to work with tissues
  • Interest to learn/develop new technology
  • Basic understanding of electrophysiology
  • Precise documentation of SOPs and results
  • Excellent communication skills including presentation of data at project team and department level.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite, statistical analysis and graphing.

  • Neuroscience/Engineering background is highly desirable
  • Experience with tissue slicing
  • Experience with electrophysiology including any of the following: extracellular recording, patch clamp recording, field potential recording, or EEG recording
  • Experience with immunohistochemistry
  • Experience with Matlab

  • Working towards Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in anatomy/physiology/neuroscience, or closely related field
  • Student must be returning to school in the Fall Term OR has graduated within the 1 year of the start of the program.
  • Must be available to work 40 hours a week
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship

Benefits of a BioMarin Internship:
  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences
  • Comprehensive, value-added project(s)
  • Work in teams and with colleagues in a professional environment.
  • Develop skills specific to your major.
  • Opportunities for professional development by building relationships and learning about other parts of the business.
  • Weekly Speaker Seminar Series with Executive Staff.

PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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