Pfenex Inc.
  • 10-Feb-2020 (PST)
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Interns

Pfenex is a full-cycle development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging our Pfenex Expression Technology platform to develop and improve protein therapies for unmet patient needs. Using the patented Pfenex Expression Technology platform, the Company has created an advanced pipeline of therapeutic equivalents, vaccines, biologics and biosimilars. Our dynamic team is comprised of talented individuals who bring passion to our purpose and commitment to the cause.


Pfenex's intern program is a project-based internship program that is open to rising juniors or above enrolled in a credited university program. Our internship program spans 12 weeks and provides  the opportunity for talented individuals who wish to pursue a career in the biotechnology field to gain experience at the forefront of the industry. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and collaborative research program invested in developing technologies to support our business needs.   To qualify for our internship program, all interns must have a 3.0 GPA or above. Each intern will be assigned a mentor and will have exposure to industry specific projects and programs.


Pfenex is looking for an intern to join our Downstream, fermentation team for the summer. In this role, the selected candidate will assist in optimizing media formulations to improve product titer. The candidate should be familiar with media preparation, cell culture, titer determination, metabolite analysis, and experimental design. As part of the internship program, the successful applicant will gain experience in experimental design, process optimization and presenting these research findings to smaller functional teams and the larger R&D organization. This is an ideal opportunity for any applicant who may be interested in gaining exposure to the biotech industry.


  • Must be a rising junior or above with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Recent alumni and graduate students preferred
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's in Biology, Chemistry, or other life science related degree
  • Completion of at least 1 upper division lab course
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • An enthusiasm and passion for science
  • Self-motivated and scientifically curious
  • Knowledge of report writing and experimental design
  • Ability to work cross-functionally between other departments
  • Experience in data analysis using spreadsheets with a basic understanding of statistical concepts.
  • Ability to commit to a 12-week intern program, 40 hrs. a week
  • Ability to start between late May and mid-June of 2020 and be located in the San Diego, CA area

Additional Information 

  • Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
  • Pfenex celebrates the diversity of life and welcomes all individuals to apply.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship


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