Intern - Automation Engineering

  • 111 Oyster Point Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPRX) is a publicly traded, clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing innovative immuno-oncology protein therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases.  We have an industry-leading and differentiated drug discovery platform.  Our comprehensive proprietary libraries of the extracellular proteome, differentiated screening capabilities and protein therapeutic generation and engineering capabilities comprise a unique and powerful IND engine that will continue to generate important development programs.  This uniquely positions us to discover novel pathways and targets in immuno-oncology.  Our success with our drug discovery platform has led to a pipeline that is on track to more than double to five development programs in clinical trials across multiple indications in 2018.  We also have several undisclosed research programs at different points of the target validation and molecule generation phases that have the potential to yield our next wave of development-stage therapeutic biologics.  And we continue to fuel this process at the earliest stages with new screens planned this year.

Five Prime is committed to innovation and outstanding science to develop effective new drugs for the treatment of severe diseases. We value our culture of openness, collaboration and productivity.  The  company is in a strong financial position and has an effective executive team and Board of Directors.  Discover more about FivePrime at

Job Description

FivePrime’s Automation Engineering team is helping Scientists reimagine experiments by using robots to automate lab processes.  Yes, we did say robots!

Students participating in this program will gain valuable experience by working in a state-of-the-art robotics lab focused on developing innovative protein and antibody drugs.  He/She will gain experience in working with automation equipment such as articulated robots, automated liquid handlers, plate washers, plate readers, imagers, plate hotels, etc., as well as microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies. They will gain exposure to various software tools used in high throughput experimentation and laboratory automation. The student will have the opportunity to develop programming skills by writing scripts and programs to enable automation of biological and bio-chemical assays. He/She will gain experience in working with scientists and engineers to solve real-world science and technology problems to make a positive impact in the immuno-oncology field. The student will have the opportunity to participate in group meetings and present their work to others.

In this position, you will assist engineers and scientists at FivePrime in designing, developing and deploying high throughput robotic workflows and microfluidics to automate biological and bio-chemical experiments. Responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

Assist in day-to-day activities in the Robotics lab such as:

  • Train robots on automation platforms
  • Run tests to qualify automation equipment such as automated liquid handlers, plate washers, plate readers, imaging equipment, etc.
  • Assist in the design and testing of protocols to conduct biological and bio-chemical experiments on the automation platforms and microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) platforms.
  • Assist in design and development of new automation and microfluidic systems.
  • Assist in documenting automation systems and protocols


  • Currently enrolled in Biomedical, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Physics or related degree programs
  • Ability to commit to 20-30 hours per week for a 6 month project
  • Basic programming/scripting skills in JAVA, C, C Sharp, Javascript, or Matlab
  • Engineering lab experience

Additional Information

At FivePrime, we believe a diverse workforce drives our success as a company. We are always working to create an environment where different backgrounds and viewpoints are valued and celebrated.

FivePrime is an equal opportunity employer. FivePrime makes employment decisions, including in recruitment and selection, without consideration of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or disability.Please call or reply with any comments.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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