Job Title: Intern, Trait Testing

Reporting to: Scientist, Trait Testing

Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA


About Pairwise:

Pairwise is a mission-driven, food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Pairwise was founded in 2017 by scientists at Harvard University, MIT, and Broad Institute who are eminent in the field of gene editing, as well as biotechnology industry pioneers. Our team is tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. We are primed to deliver that innovation through one of the best gene-editing platforms in food and agriculture. Pairwise has an exclusive 5-year research collaboration with Bayer to develop products in corn, soybean, wheat, canola, and cotton. Plus, Pairwise is developing new types of leafy greens, berries, and stone fruit, with the first product expected in late 2022. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.


About This Role:

We are seeking passionate, engaging, ready-to-learn interns to join us for Summer 2022. We are looking for interns with majors in: Biology, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Statistics, Plant Science, Botany, Food Science, Marketing, Facilities Management, Biochemistry, and Chemistry. Pairwise offers the opportunity of getting to work with industry leading scientists and professionals in a cutting edge, industry changing, food+tech company. Our interns will be integrated with our teams here at Pairwise to allow for hands on learning in a fast-paced start-up environment. Interns will also have season long cap-stone projects that will add real value and help the team resolve real-world challenges they are currently facing. We like to have fun at Pairwise, so the summer won’t be all work and no play! Pairwise interns will not only have “Intern Only” meeting sessions to talk about their experience and share thoughts and feedback with each other, but will also have events to help with career and educational planning, and team building trips to share in the fun of summer in North Carolina.


Essential Functions:

The intern will contribute to the development and evaluation of the biochemical and molecular methods that would enable trait testing of plant material. Additional functions might include whole plant morphological and physiological data collection and analysis.


Required Education & Experience:

• A student currently enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD program in one of the following disciplines:

o Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry.

• Some experience with protein extraction methods from plant tissues and protein separation on SDS-PAGE are desired, but not required.

• Basic knowledge of plant anatomy and physiology is desired, but not required.

• Interest in biotechnology and ability to think creatively to solve technical problems to enable progress in trait development and testing

• Ability to follow written protocols and verbal instructions with accuracy and attention to details.

• Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, that enable effective exchange of information and problem resolution.

• Ability to keep accurate and detailed notes/records of the procedures performed and data generated.


Offerings:

• Paid internship experience in a field relevant to your studies!

• Real-world, industry work experience.

• Casual work environment.

• Mission-driven organization focused on creating healthier fruits and veggies.

• A cutting-edge, driven community looking to lead the industry in innovation and nutrition.


EEO Statement:

We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.