The ability to rapidly and inexpensively determine genetic markers allows genomic information to be applied to plant breeding, disease testing, and environmental characterization. Monsanto currently runs a world-class genotyping operation that processes millions of samples each year. Improvements in sample throughput, cost, quantitation, marker density, and turn-around time would enable genetic testing to be applied in new ways to plant breeding and other applications. The genotyping innovation team at Monsanto is looking for a summer intern to assist in developing and applying new marker detection technologies.
The selected intern will conduct a 3-month long research project focused on developing or assessing new genotyping technologies. The specific research project will be selected based on the strengths and interests of the selected individual so students with significant experience in a laboratory and/or working with bioinformatics and data analysis tools are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, the project and will be chosen to ensure a broad overview of the career opportunities available within Monsanto and will require working with others in related teams including bioinformatics, breeding, seed production, pathology and laboratory automation.
You will work with supervisors who will outline general responsibilities, assist in project assignment and completion, and arrange opportunities to visit other functions. You can expect to spend significant time with supervisors exploring the rationale and philosophy underlying the application of genetics and genomics research to applied breeding programs. However, you will also work hands-on in a laboratory and/or using bioinformatics methods for your project.
The internship will take place during three months in the summer of 2018 (e.g. mid-May to Mid-August). Required:
- Current enrollment with junior status or above with an academic emphasis in genetics, genomics, molecular biology or bioinformatics.
- Solid understanding of Mendelian genetics and concepts of linkage.
- Detail and results-oriented individual with the ability to work independently and effectively.
- Strong motivational, organization and problem solving skills.
- Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Candidate must be willing to relocate.
- Must be returning to school upon completion of internship (e.g. a senior who is about to enter a graduate program).
- Basic competency with a scripting language such as Perl, Python, or R
- Laboratory experience (PCR assays, sequence library preparation, microarrays, etc.)
- Experience with data analysis and visualization
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