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R&D Intern



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Helaina is a VC-backed biotech startup creating a new category of functional food products.

Our vision is to bring the functional properties of human proteins to food. Helaina will be the first company to put human milk proteins into food, defining a new category of consumer nutrition products focused on supporting immunity. We will initially launch a first-of-its-kind infant formula – the only infant formula with immune-nourishing proteins found in human milk. We also see a range of opportunities to use our breast milk proteins to enhance other types of functional foods for all segments of the population.

Helaina is backed by top VCs in the industry including Spark Capital, Siam Capital, Primary Venture Partners, and Plum Alley. We are a team of change-makers looking for our next team member who is intensely passionate about advancing synthetic biology for food and beverage products and redefining the future of nutrition.

About the Job:

In this role, you will work in our NYC lab to support all experiments. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, motivated self-starter with a strong sense of initiative.

You are someone who is ambitious and would like to start a career in the biotech industry. Your role will be lab oriented, fast-paced and filled with opportunities to learn various biotech skills. Your efforts will be focused on assisting and supporting laboratory functionalities. You will also have the opportunity to participate in other business functions. The successful candidate is passionate about biotechnology, keeps up to date with life science news and is looking for a career jumpstart.

This is a 6-month paid, in-lab position in NYC and applicants will be scheduled to work 20-29 hours per week.

What You'll Do:

  • Assist scientists with various experiments
  • Organization and maintenance of lab equipment
  • Perform other support activities such as inventory checks, ordering, collection and distribution of new lab consumables and materials
  • Contribute to preparing weekly presentations of your work and results from in-lab experiments
  • Maintain daily accurate records of laboratory activities on electronic lab notebook

About You:

  • You are currently in an Undergraduate Degree program in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, chemistry, chemical engineering, etc.
  • You have wet lab experience either through classes or internships
  • You have strong pipetting skills
  • You are able to perform basic calculations for dilutions and concentrations
  • You are able to travel and work on-site in our lab.
  • You have strong verbal and written communication
  • You are able to deliver projects and assignments within timeframes and budgets
  • You are willing to learn and motivated to work independently
  • You have an "anything is possible" attitude and no ego

Compensation is market-competitive with an hourly rate of $18/hour.


Helaina was founded on the belief that families should have freedom of choice. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace that does just that, supporting our team's health, wellbeing and professional development at every stage and milestone. We are proud to offer comprehensive health care, generous parental leave and childcare reimbursement, equity packages and more to our Full-Time employees. A few highlights include:

  • Full medical, vision and dental coverage
  • Short and long term disability insurance coverage
  • 401k match (up to 3%)
  • Unlimited vacation days, including an all-company holiday between Christmas and New Year
  • Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program
  • Childcare reimbursement program
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Leadership Development coaching through BetterUp

Helaina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Helaina we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may just be the strongest candidate for this or other roles. For more information, please contact

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