Computer Science Student Associate (Summer Internship)

  • BIOMILQ
  • Remote (Durham, NC, USA)
  • Apr 08, 2021
Internship Creative/Design Data Analysis/Reporting Digital Product Operations Product Development/Supply Chain Consumer Products Health/Wellness Manufacturing Social Enterprise

Job Description

BIOMILQ is developing technology to make breastmilk outside the body, produced from mammary cells. We’re making the future of feeding fearless, and 100% human by offering families a new option for supplemental feeding — one that’s as close to breastmilk as possible and cultivated under safe conditions using our first-of-its-kind technology.

Our provisional patent-pending process leverages the unique biological properties of milk-producing mammary epithelial cells combined with bioreactor technology developed to collect secreted cellular products. The high-density, 3-dimensional system provides similar structural features as the mammary gland, creating the appropriate environment for the cells to reproduce their biological function of milk production, outside of the body. Our process enables us to produce milk that requires no downstream separation, concentration, or intensive thermal processing so we can retain all 2500+ molecules of milk in the perfect constellation for bioavailability and digestibility in infants.

Applications are due April 25, 2021

You are a technical leader

  • You have conducted experimental research or project design involving at least one or more of the following: coding for life sciences, cell culture, biological and biochemical assays, small-scale engineering design, statistical analysis, literature review
  • You are comfortable performing critical analyses and interpreting data for actionable decision-making that impacts the greater company
  • As a life-long learner you keep a pulse on current relevant scientific literature and innovation within your field
  • You like to move fast, but are able to maintain meticulous record-keeping

You are a cross-functional powerhouse

  • You enjoy working closely with teammates to complete deliverables of a caliber to be used in funding applications, investor updates, and publications
  • You thrive when your input for scientific strategic skills is leveraged, is actively engaging in regular scientific, and broader all-hands team meetings 
  • You have an innate ability to articulate complex topics to a scientific audience as easily as your own family

You love tackling challenging problems with a team

  • You believe in our mission of working towards better infant nutrition, women's health, and sustainability
  • As a conscientious teammate you're curious to learn from co-workers and share your personal passions
  • You enjoy working collaboratively with a broad and diverse team and stepping outside of your comfort zone
  • You're naturally inclined to think critically and creatively to work through murky problems with limited resources
  • Ambiguity is your jam and you're able to strive ahead without direction
  • You hold yourself and others to the utmost ethical standards in all scientific and professional endeavors

Qualifications & Preferred Experience

  • Education
    • Rising undergraduate senior or graduate student in computer science, statistics, biological or chemical engineering, or another applicable STEM field 
  • Preferred experience with independent hypothesis generation, experimental design, implementation, and analysis
  • Background knowledge
    • Required: 
      • Experience creating dashboards or other data trending tools for life sciences
      • Familiarity with statistical analysis methods and software
      • Can build us a cloud-based application or Tableau dashboard using data we have generated in the lab along with partnering with our PhD Scientists to be help us look at scale-up planning
      • System controls experience or Computer Science
      • Experience with cellular biology concepts
    • Preferred: 
      • Basic understanding of cell-based manufacturing, scale-up and/or bioprocess and bioreactor design considerations

Benefits and Compensation

  • Preference given to local students (no relocation assistance provided)
  • Expected to work 40 hours per week with one week vacation (July 3-11)
  • Paid summer stipend commensurate to experience: $6500-10,000
  • Guaranteed mentorship with C-suite leaders committed to developing your professional skills
  • Assurance that your contributions support and advance BIOMILQ’s strategic imperatives 
  • Starting with a cohort of student associates with frequent group meetings and experiential learning