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Co-op Exploratory Biology

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Job Description

The Vertex Co-op Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will be working closely with and learning from some of the brightest people in the industry. When you join our co-op program you should not be surprised to see that our environment is one that is innovative and team oriented, where collaboration is not just a word, and "we are relentless" is in everything we do. Students can expect to be challenged by their project plan, connect with other co-ops, and feel valued by the Vertex community. Not only will co-ops learn about their day-to-day tasks through their specific work assignments, but they will interact and have exposure to our organizational leaders and their teams.

Job Summary:

We are seeking a passionate intern to join the Chemical Biology group in the Boston Research organization. Our group uses a wide range of approaches to understand disease mechanisms of action and the interplay of this disease biology with potential therapeutic strategies. The successful candidate will develop and use molecular biology, chemoproteomics and mass spectrometry skills to create proteome-wide tools that examine small molecule and protein interactions in drug discovery. They will operate in a multi-disciplinary chemical biology group and be fully immersed in the day-to-day operations of a drug discovery group. An ideal candidate is curious, self-motivated, has a strong drive to learn new things and thrives in both independent and team roles.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cell culture and maintenance
  • Protein preparation, assay
  • Chemical proteomics, click-chemistry functionalization
  • Fractionation, affinity-enrichment of protein complexes
  • Maintenance and operation of high-resolution mass spectrometer
  • Data analysis and presentation


  • 2+ years of undergraduate study completed
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Majors in the following backgrounds: Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, or a related field of study.
  • Candidate must be enrolled in an advanced degree program if graduating January 2024

This job posting is for a temporary role with a third-party agency partner that provides services to Vertex. The individual selected for this role will be offered the role as an employee of that third-party agency; compensation, medical benefits, fringe benefits and other terms and conditions of employment shall be presented by the third-party agency upon offer.

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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