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Intern - Assoc Scientist, Research (Human Genetics & Genomics)

Job Description

At our Company, we are committed to be the premier, research-intensive biopharmaceutical company and are dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions for today and the future. Our mission is to discover, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives around the world. We strive to transform breakthrough science into novel therapeutics and vaccines and our scientific curiosity drives us to invent solutions to some of the world's most challenging diseases. Many begin in the our research laboratories, where we push the boundaries of science with the hope and expectation that the medicines and vaccines we invent will lead to better health for society for generations to come.

In Singapore, our research centre focuses on identifying and validating new drug targets, exploring innovative therapeutic modalities and leveraging clinical studies and patient–derived material to understand biomarkers of disease or therapeutic response to increase our understanding of human biology and to drive a therapeutic pipeline to address unmet medical needs. Our state-of-the-art laboratory supports discovery biology and translational medicine and is an integral part of our Company's world-class network for drug and vaccine discovery.

As an intern within our research laboratories, you will gain the opportunity to work with talented and dedicated scientists, learn from leading industry experts, gain exposure and professional experience working for a research-driven enterprise; and use your passion, creativity, knowledge and collaboration skills to find solutions to challenging problems in your day-to-day work

The department's mission is to identify and validate novel targets across various therapeutic areas with multiple discovery biology units. 

Job Description:

  • Implements cell and molecular biology-based strategies to enhance the process of target identification and validation

  • Under general scientific and administrative direction, carries out research projects within department/section or across departments to develop and execute on research operating plans, new research and technology assessment proposals.

  • Promotes the use of novel experimental approaches within own area including implementation of advanced laboratory equipment, design of robust scientific experiments and routinely investigates/creates innovative processes, hypotheses and methodologies.


  • Basic working knowledge in some of the laboratory-based methodologies

  • Keen to learn drug discovery research, disease biology and develop biomarker solutions to overcome challenges associated with drug discovery and development.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Interpersonal skills necessary for working in a highly collaborative, cross-functional working environment. Have a positive, proactive, can-do attitude 

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


Enrollment in an Undergraduate or Master’s program leading to a Degree in a Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences or Life Sciences-related discipline.

Experience and Skills:

  • Working knowledge of laboratory-based methodologies

  • Hands-on laboratory experience preferred.

Other Personal Attributes:

  • Strong interest in working in a research-intensive environment

  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills

  • Have a positive, proactive, can-do attitude

  • Keen to learn and good team player

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Availability for 6 months in a full-time capacity preferred

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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Work Week


1st - Day

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):

Work with Biological and Chemical agents

Requisition ID:R226225

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