The Vertex Internship Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will be working closely with and learning from some of the brightest people in the industry. When you join our internship program you should not be surprised to see that our environment is one that is nimble, innovative and team oriented, where collaboration is not just a word, and "we are fearless" is in everything we do. Students can expect to be challenged by their project plan and feel valued by the Vertex community. Not only will interns learn about their day-to-day tasks through their specific work assignments, but they will interact and have exposure to our organizational leaders and their teams.
Overview of role
The Vertex Comparative Medicine department is seeking an energetic, results-oriented veterinary student interested in a career in Laboratory Animal Medicine to complete a summer internship in our 27,000 sq. ft., AAALAC-accredited vivarium. The state-of-the-art, rodent-only vivarium is located in Vertex's flagship R&D site in Boston's Seaport district, and supports early stage R&D studies to help Vertex achieve its mission of developing transformative medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. Animal health and wellbeing is considered essential to scientific rigor and data integrity in our facility. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in a veterinary career in the biopharmaceutical industry and eventual board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Some familiarity with the use of animal models in biomedical research and the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of laboratory rodent species is preferred.
The internship will take place between May and August of 2023, and will be under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of Comparative Medicine.
Vertex has expanded into new cutting-edge treatment modalities over the past two years, and consequently, the Animal Care & Use Program has grown significantly to accommodate a variety of new animal disease models in addition to the traditional use of animal models to evaluate the safety and efficacy of novel therapeutics. With the rapidly expanding variety of animal models and increased number of personnel working in the vivarium, we would like to refresh our system of reporting and managing health concerns and adverse events in animal research subjects. The goal of the refresh is to enhance operational efficiency and consistency in our workflows and ensure seamless communication with scientists and study directors, while maintaining the Vertex Comparative Medicine tradition of compliance and attention to animal welfare.
This job posting is for a temporary role with a third-party agency partner that provides services to Vertex. The individual selected for this role will be offered the role as an employee of that third-party agency; compensation, medical benefits, fringe benefits and other terms and conditions of employment shall be presented by the third-party agency upon offer.
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