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Biology Internship

What You’ll Do?

This position as an Intern at Oerth Bio is laboratory-based. You will be working with a team of Scientists within the Biology department. You will gain first-hand experience in the development of molecular degraders (PROTACs® - PROteolysis TArgeting Chimera) for applications in agriculture. You will receive training in biochemistry and/or plant-based assays which you will then perform and analyze under minimal supervision. You will work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and directly contribute to the advancement of our development pipeline.

Oerth bio will support up to 3 summer internships, within the Biology Department. Dependent on individual background, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in one of three areas:

  1. Biochemistry/Biophysics: biochemical binding assay characterizing protein drug interactions.
  2. Degrader Mechanisms: E.coli protein expression and purification to support the development of protein ubiquination assays
  3. Plant Evaluation: growing plants, applying treatments, ,preparing, and analyzing samples to advance our understanding of plant-chemical interactions.

Who You Are:

  • You are a team player that enjoys working closely with others.
  • You communicate ideas effectively in group meetings.
  • You are detail-oriented and possess good organizational skills.
  • You can work independently and effectively communicate problems
  • You are majoring \in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Horticulture, Plant Biology, or a related field.
  • You have hands on experience or theoretical knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • Performing and interpreting binding affinity assays.
    • Protein purification and standard protein characterization methods, such as SDS‐PAGE.
    • Growing plants suitable for replicated experiments and collecting samples for chemical analysis
    • Familiarity with plant physiology is desirable.
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience in data analysis using GraphPad or similar software would be advantageous.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is an hourly position and pay will range between $15-20/hour.
  • We have snacks!
  • We have incredible people!
  • We have built an amazing culture!

Why Oerth Bio?

Oerth Bio (pronounced "Earth"), a joint venture between Bayer and Arvinas, is a well- funded early-stage agricultural biotechnology company. The Oerth Bio team is on a mission to deliver an entirely new model for global crop chemistry, addressing one of the greatest challenges facing the world: sustainably feeding the growing global population.

Farmers and consumers urgently need new crop protection tools. Oerth Bio leverages Avinas’ PROTAC® (PROteolysis TArgeting Chimera) protein degrader technology to create innovative and sustainable agricultural products. Our proprietary Targeted Protein Degradation platform has the potential to solve major challenges facing the global food system.

Oerth Bio’s headquarters is located in vibrant downtown Durham, NC close to many shops, restaurants and public transportation. The holder of this position is not expected to travel significantly.

This position will be located Durham, NC. Oerthlings are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and required to be vaccinated if they plan to work from the lab and/or office. Vaccinated employees should provide a copy of their vaccination card to Leanne Lemyre ( so that this documentation is on file. If you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you work with your manager to arrange to work remotely until such time when you are vaccinated.

Oerth Bio, LLC is proud to be an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws.

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