Intern - Peptide Biology Laboratory, Dr. Kuo-Fen Lee

La Jolla, CA
Nov 19, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all position (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.


The part-time Intern position is intended to learn and assist with routine lab support. Under general supervision, activities include: collects and prepares mouse DNA samples for analysis; prepares solutions and media under sterile conditions; performs various molecular biology techniques; and assists with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering/stocking of supplies. 

This position is temporary and the term of the initial assignment is anticipated to be up to one year. 


(70%) Collection/Preparation of mice DNA samples for analysis

  • Collects and prepares mouse DNA tissue samples for analysis.
  • Handles and restrains mice.
  • Learns principles of and assists with management of mice colony.

(30%) Research Support

  • Performs various techniques in molecular biology such as: DNA extraction and analysis and PCR reactions.
  • Performs inventory of chemicals and supplies; orders laboratory supplies and stocks laboratory areas as required.
  • Operates sterilization equipment ensuring appropriate conditions for material being processed.



  • No professional level experience required.


  • Prior experience in a laboratory setting is preferred, including experience gained via undergraduate laboratory coursework.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.



  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Basic knowledge in biological sciences or related fields, which may be obtained by completion of basic biology course.


  • Strongly prefer candidates enrolled in freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate program with completed coursework in molecular biology or related, to include focus in molecular basis of DNA screening (PCR, electrophoresis, etc.)



  • Basic theoretical knowledge of biological sciences (particularly cell and molecular biology and genetics)  Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills and creativity
  • Able to perform routine, repetitive functions.
  • Ability to learn and apply standard laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Organized and effective at multitasking and adept at juggling changing priorities.
  • Demonstrates ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrates basic professional skills with attendance, dependability, and communication
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment; ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials
  • Skills utilizing sound judgment, tact and a recognition of situations requiring confidentiality
  • Ability to diplomatically and professionally interact with all levels of Institute staff and external contacts
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory and safety procedures
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must meet minimum Salk age requirements for working in a research lab.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement. 


This position requires constant handling, seeing, and sitting.