Molecular Biology Intern (IN13-110)
Amyris Biotechnologies - Emeryville, CA

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Amyris is building an integrated renewable products company using breakthrough science and an innovative business model to address some of our planet’s most daunting problems. Amyris first developed its technology under a non-profit initiative to provide a reliable and affordable source of artemisinin, a highly effective anti-malarial therapeutic and is now applying its industrial synthetic biology platform to provide alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products. Amyris No Compromise™ renewable fuels and chemicals are being designed to perform comparably to, or better than, the products they will replace.

Position Summary:
Amyris is working with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, on projects to develop groundbreaking new technologies in the field of synthetic biology. One of these projects seeks to apply Next Generation sequencing technologies to the problem of inexpensively and rapidly verifying that the DNA manufactured by automated DNA assembly workflows are true to their digital design.

The Summer Intern will assist with development of the Next Generation sequencing sample preparation pipeline, working closely with a small team and contributing to every part of the DNA verification process, from automated manufacturing to analysis of sequence data.


· Basic culture of bacteria and yeast.
· Basic molecular biology including automated extraction of DNA from cells, and automation-assisted enzymatic digestion.
· Careful, rigorous tracking of samples and process variations.
· Experimental design for process optimization.
· Possible contributions in basic computer programming.


· Masters degree in the field of biological science, working toward PhD or recently completed PhD in biological science within last year.
· 3+ years lab experience.
· Training in bioinformatics.
· Familiarity with Next Generation sequencing.
· Computer programming skills (ie. Python) highly valued.

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