Biological Sciences Intern, Summer 2021

  • Apeel Sciences
  • Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • Feb 18, 2021

Job Description

Company Background

Since 2012, founder James Rogers has been on a mission to tackle the global Food Waste Crisis with a goal of providing a more sustainable, equitable path forward for the global food system. Apeel is an edible protective layer that extends fruits’ and vegetables’ shelf-life. Apeel-covered fruits and vegetables spoil slower and require less refrigeration, and the plant-derived peel reduces the use of plastic and other products harmful to the planet. Apeel pulls material from the natural skins, peels, seeds, and pulp found on fruits and vegetables, to create the extra protective peel. The thin layer slows down water loss and oxidation, which can help keep those fruits and vegetables from browning and spoiling.

Company Culture

At Apeel Sciences, we look to nature to help the global food system improve quality, reduce waste, and ensure an abundant future for our planet.  Apeel is comprised of highly talented, deeply passionate, and tight-knit team members who are excited by the opportunity to challenge the status quo, obsessed with solving problems, and truly seek to positively change how we feed the world.

Our people are fundamental to our company’s success and continued growth. If you are ready for an opportunity to jump in, take ownership, and drive meaningful outcomes in a highly collaborative, communicative, and dynamic environment, we would love to connect with you!

About This Role

The Biological Sciences team is responsible for facilitating and furthering Apeel’s understanding of the produce we work with (and the pathogens that live on that produce) through the use of molecular, cellular and microbiology techniques. We are seeking a motivated Biological Sciences Intern who will support the bioinformatics and data science initiatives of the team through the analysis of provided data sets and the development of new analysis pipelines.  The program dates for summer 2021 are from June 14th - August 20th (10 weeks). To qualify for this program applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university and have at least one semester remaining following the internship program.  Additionally during the program dates interns must reside in a state where Apeel is registered to do business: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington or Wisconsin.

What You’ll Do

  • Work with large Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) datasets to investigate patterns of differential gene expression
  • Use, extend, and where applicable, develop new pipelines for expression data analysis
  • Identify and/or develop workflows for data mining of large datasets
  • Collaborate with other scientists to leverage the findings from your analysis to inform the design of future experiments
  • Interpret outputs of metagenomics workflows for biological insight and relevance
  • Evaluate microbial functional diversity in metagenome samples
  • Develop tools and pipelines for characterizing genomes and metagenomes by identifying genes and biological pathways of interest

What You Bring 

  • Are currently pursuing an AA, AS, BA or BS degree in a combination of relevant Computer Science and Biological Science fields (Computational Biology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or related disciplines) is highly desired
  • Proficiency scripting in R, Python, Unix/Bash, or Perl
  • Experience with relational databases, e.g. SQLite, a plus
  • Familiarity with open-source bioinformatics tools and algorithms
  • Understanding of molecular biology/microbiology concepts and next generation sequencing
  • Initiative to learn and build new pipelines/tools
  • Ability to grasp new concepts quickly and ask clarifying questions
  • Strong analytical skills. Demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communicator, able to collaborate with molecular biologists and microbiologists
  • Self-motivated with a creative, systematic, problem-solving approach to projects

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have a special need or disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Please note that Apeel Sciences does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the event of a recruiter or agency submitting a resume or candidate without a signed agreement being in place, we explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire such candidates without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted directly to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Apeel Sciences.


Food & Agriculture

Drawdown Solutions

Reduced Food Waste

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