Thermo Fisher Scientific Intern - R&D in Grand Island, New York

Job Description

R&D Intern

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work. And you’ll have the opportunity for continual growth and learning in a culture that empowers your development. With revenues of $24 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of $24 billion, we have approximately 70,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve analytical challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications.

Summary of Internship

The R&D Intern will carry out assays associated with the development of novel cell culture media formulations and processes. The R&D Intern works in a laboratory environment and is required to lift up to 40 lbs. As an R&D Intern, you may be required to stand for long periods of time while performing duties. You must be able to work safely with chemicals and hazardous materials. An R&D Intern must be able to work flexible hours.

Candidate must be able to work independently with direction, as well as on teams within the Cell Culture Laboratories. Carry out standard operating procedures involving basic laboratory techniques, calculations, materials measurement, operation of laboratory equipment and record keeping necessary for generation of cell culture feasibility and applications data. Responsible for testing data records, notebooks and computerized data storage. Make detailed observations and analyze data to ensure assays are within operating parameters. Advise manager of factors that may affect quality of data.

Essential Functions

  • Executes experimental plans, analyzes data, and contributes to technical reports and product summaries with guidance

  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of data requires an evaluation of various factors

  • Exhibits creativity in selecting approaches and techniques for obtaining solutions

  • Investigates new methods and technologies and maintains accurate lab notebook to support protection of intellectual property in accordance with relevant Thermo Fisher required standards

  • Interacts with other internal departments (i.e., Business Development, Quality, Operations, Technical Services, and/or Marketing) in the commercialization of new products

  • Performs duties with guidance from manager

  • Complies with all company safety, training, and quality regulations (e.g., ISO compliance, GLP/GMP requirements, etc.) and procedures

  • May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned


  • Requires a functional knowledge of laboratory equipment and techniques.

  • Accuracy and attention to detail is required in performing all functions of this position.

  • Initiative, organizational and computer skills are extremely valuable to ensure effective laboratory operations.

  • Must demonstrate judgment, tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal customers.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills are required.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software, especially Excel.

  • Minimum of 1 year undergraduate program in Biotechnology, Chemistry, or related Sciences.

  • 1 or more semesters of laboratory work in a Biotechnology, Chemistry or other relevant setting.

  • Prior internship experience

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Apply today!

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