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Discovery Biology Immunology Co-op - Spring 2023

Bristol Myers Squibb
Princeton Junction, New Jersey, US
Closing date
Dec 11, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time
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At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Position Summary

We at Bristol-Myers Squibb are seeking to hire a highly motivated individual to join our Discovery Biology Immunology team located in Lawrenceville, NJ. The successful candidate would join a group dedicated to developing and utilizing cutting-edge technologies to identify and validate therapeutics to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. In pursuit of this goal, the candidate will learn and apply multiple cellular, molecular, genetic, and immunological techniques to validate the role specific genes play in inflammatory disease. In addition to these lab-based skills, the candidate will have opportunities to work collaboratively with geneticists and computer scientists to broaden their understanding of human genetics and target identification.

The successful candidate will work closely with discovery scientists within the Immunology team while contributing to efforts essential to validating novel therapeutic targets. When necessary, the candidate will be trained in primary immune cell isolation, cell culture, CRISPR/Cas9 technology, flow cytometry, and various other molecular, biochemical, and immunological techniques.


Qualified applicants should have completed 2+ years of a relevant life science undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a relevant graduate level degree program.

Key Responsibilities
  • Isolation and culture of purified primary mammalian immune cells.
  • Design and perform genetic knockout experiments in primary immune cells using an established CRISPR/Cas9 gene knockout system.
  • Assess the function and phenotype of genetically edited immune cells using molecular techniques (ELISA, Western Blot, and qPCR), in vitro co-culture assays, and multiparameter flow cytometry.
  • Analyze, compile, and present results when necessary to the appropriate forums.
  • Maintaining an electronic record of all experiments and resulting data.

Qualifications & Experience
  • Completed 2+ years of a relevant life science undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a relevant graduate level degree program.
  • Prior relevant research experience required, preferably in mammalian tissue culture.
  • A general practical or theoretical understanding of immunology is preferred.
  • Possess a high level of critical thinking, high energy, independence, a strong desire to learn new techniques, and the ability to work in a highly dynamic research organization.
  • Minimum three (3) semesters of laboratory course work.
  • Strong academic record (≥ 3.0 GPA).
  • Able to commit to continuous full-time employment from January-July/August.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Must be willing to work with human and mouse primary tissues.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.
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