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We are looking for a motivated last-year BSc or MSc Biology (or related) student! Do you want to know what it’s like to be part of one of the largest multinational companies in the pharmaceutical industry? We offer an internship opportunity within our Discovery & Technology department where you will have the freedom and space for your own initiative.


Intern – Biology (or related study) – Discovery & Technology


Welcome to our team

Welcome to our team the Discovery and Technology (D&T) department is an essential hub in our organization. This department conducts proof – of – concept research into novel vaccine technologies and therapies and plays a key role in interacting with the R&D community to identify and evaluate potential new leads relevant to Animal Health. The D&T organization consists of cross-linked teams responsible for development research and early development of vaccines and therapies against viral-, bacterial- and parasitological diseases. Within the multidisciplinary teams, specialist in the fields of virology, bacteriology, antigen discovery, vaccine formulation, molecular biology, immunology, assay development and cell biology work together.


Your internship assignment

As an intern, you will be responsible for adapting Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) with the main focus on specific high-sensitivity enzymatic reporter unlocking (SHERLOCK) to contribute in establishing a multiplexed, portable and ultra-sensitive detection of RNA and DNA platform by enhancing it’s versatility and applicability to animal health as a marker diagnostic tool. You will learn how to set-up SHERLOCK assays with recombinase-mediated polymerase pre-amplification of DNA or RNA and subsequent Cas13- or Cas12-mediated detection via fluorescence and colorimetric readouts.


Your responsibilities

Scan the literature and design DNA guides for efficient CRISPR RNA/DNA and isothermal amplification primers
Test the system for specificity and accuracy using samples of various complexity and/or field  samples.
Explore the conditions multiplex and quantitative SHERLOCK detection assays
Providing a fresh perspective within the department: your opinion matters.
The described tasks form the basic package and will often be performed independently after a proper training and learning period. These tasks may be supplemented with other projects and/or tasks on your own initiative or at the request of the organization.


What is required

A last year BSc or a MSc student in a biology related field.
You are familiar with molecular biology techniques
You are enthusiastic about finding creative solutions to real biological problems.
You are searching for an internship where you have the freedom to take initiative
You are fluent in English
You are available for 5 days a week for a period of 6 to 9 months

What we offer

Interning at our company means working together with your team towards health in an international work environment. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work closely with experts and learn from them. In addition, we offer:

The chance to gain experience in the pharmaceutical industry
An opportunity to showcase yourself for potential opportunities after your internship period
A challenging and dynamic work environment with plenty of room for personal development and initiative
Good guidance from an experienced specialist
A gross monthly internship allowance of €500,- based on a 40-hour workweek
Animal Health Division

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in animal healthcare. We are committed to preserving and improving the health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. As a global team of professionals, we work together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food chain. We also have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.


By being dedicated to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we provide veterinarians, farmers, pet owners, and governments with one of the broadest ranges of animal health products, vaccines, and solutions and services for health management. Additionally, we deliver a comprehensive range of digitally connected identification, traceability, and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and extensive R&D capabilities and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, and our products are available in approximately 150 markets.




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