Job Title: Intern, Protein Science

Reporting to: Lead, Protein Science

Location: Durham, North Carolina

About Pairwise:

Pairwise is a mission-driven, food-technology 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. In addition, 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 a passionate, engaging, ready-to-learn intern to join the Protein Science team for Summer 2023. If you are an intern pursuing an undergraduate major in: Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or similar fields, please join our cross-functional research team to help deliver the next generation of designed leads to the trait product pipeline. We encourage hands-on learning and communication to allow for growth in this area.

Pairwise interns each have a season long cap-stone project aimed at adding tangible value to the industry as well as receive guidance in career and educational planning. Interns will also participate in ‘intern-only’ meetings where they share their experiences and network with other summer interns at the company. We like to have fun at Pairwise, so the summer intern will also be invited to participate in company events and team building trips to share in the fun of summer in North Carolina.

Essential Functions:

• Following processes regarding protein purification and analysis

• Extracting DNA and submitting for sequencing

• Analyze data and effectively communicate with the team, and other stakeholders.

• Presenting data gathered to the Protein Science Team

Required Education & Experience:

• A student currently enrolled or recently graduated in a Bachelor of Science program in one of the following disciplines:

o Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or similar fields with some bench-level laboratory experience


• 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.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel, and techniques that require fine motor skills and repetitive motions. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Pairwise we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.