Open Position: Student Internship in ‘Synthetic DNA Synthesis’


Ribbon Biolabs is a small biotech company with locations in Vienna and in Klosterneuburg (outskirts of Vienna) focused on developing the next technological wave of error-proof DNA synthesis for synthetic biology applications. With our approach, we are developing a cost-efficient platform to produce long and complex DNA molecules, thereby enabling a new generation of biopharmaceutical processes and other synthetic biology products.

Ribbon Biolabs counts with multiple sources of funding including public grants and VC equity from tecnet equity and IST Cube (the investment fund of the world-renowned Institute of Science & Technology – IST Austria, ranked third worldwide by Nature in the “Nature Index 2019”). We are running a new, state-of-the art laboratory at IST Park in Klosterneuburg and our association with IST Austria allows for access to their scientific services and facilities. A new laboratory in Vienna will serve a key role for quality control (QC) and for translating our R&D results obtained in Klosterneuburg into actionable products to serve our customers worldwide.


With the start of the new decade, we are looking for a driven Internship Student to join Ribbon’s scientific team in assisting us with skilled hands and fresh ideas in solving key challenges in our R&D pipeline establishment for automated production of synthetic DNA. Specifically, the Intern will help with the optimization of the core molecular biology pipeline protocol, optimizing the utilization of bead-based purification and nucleic acid amplification technologies towards optimized yield and purity of our synthetic DNA products. The successful candidate will join a small but highly agile and interdisciplinary team as soon as possible and will have the unique opportunity to experience research in a young and dynamic biotech startup company.

Through the internship, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the R&D work in the lab by supporting the experimental development of the molecular biology pipeline for synthetic DNA production, biochemical protocol optimization and translation to robotic automated assembly in cooperation with the scientists in the team. This will be achieved by active mentoring and learning with our scientists through assisting them with diverse laboratory – relevant tasks. You can gain expertise on performing experiments on DNA assembly, molecular cloning, DNA purification, amplification (qualitative and quantitative PCR), DNA quantification through different analytical techniques (e.g. gel-electrophoresis / spectrophotometry / fluorescence / capillary electrophoresis) and preparation of sequencing (Sanger / NGS).

The candidate should have as many of the following educational background, experience, or skills:

Our offer:

Job type: Temporary / part-time student internship.

Role: Internship is for 6 months (or longer)

Location: This role is for laboratory operations at our R&D site at IST Park, in Klosterneuburg.

Availability: The candidate should be available to join as soon as possible.

How to apply: Applicants should provide a cover letter explaining the motivation behind the application, curriculum vitae, and two references (mentors, supervisors or other contact relevant to education or first professional experience) to

Ribbon Biolabs is an Equal Opportunities Employer. While focusing on the right set and mix of experience and skills, we support equal opportunities and highly embrace diversity.

The team at Ribbon Biolabs is looking forward to your application!

Corona Lockdown Update: Ribbon Biolabs continues to receive applications for the Summer Intern position but due to the uncertainty of the situation the starting date remains on hold until the pandemic status is resolved.