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Peptide Synthesis and Characterization Internship at DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center

The Department of Defense is offering Bachelor's and/or Master's level internships or fellowships at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM-CBC).
Why should I apply?
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your education and support your academic and professional goals. During your appointment, you will gain insight into the use of peptide synthesis, analytical measurement of protein-protein interactions, and purification techniques. Overall, during your appointment at DEVCOM CBC, under the mentorship of senior scientists, you will engage in activities and research in several areas. These include but are not limited to:
  • Peptide synthesis of short and complex sequences
  • Purification techniques including HPLC, FPLC, and affinity chromatography
  • Analytical techniques including ESI-LC/MS, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, and bio-layer interferometry based measurements
  • Culture growth and protein expression in genetically engineered organisms
In addition to the development of project specific skills, this internship will also promote the following:
  • Development of general molecular biology skills
  • Improvement of scientific communication
  • Methods development
  • Presentation and communication skills
Along the way you will collaborate with a diverse team of researchers with the common goal of harnessing chemical biology and biochemistry to study emerging problems that the warfighters are faced. Knowledge gained through this appointment can be transferred to multiple biotech groups including small and large sized pharmaceutical companies in drug discovery roles.
Where will I be located?
Edgewood, Maryland
What is the anticipated start date?
The DEVCOM-CBC is ready to make appointments immediately. Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and internships or fellowships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.
What is the appointment length? 
Appointments are initially for one year with the option to extend the appointment for up to four additional years, contingent upon project needs and funding availability.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by DoD. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement (Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE)
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - Chemical Biological Center (CCDC-CBC) is the primary Department of Defense technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense. (CCDC-CBC) activities at the Edgewood portion of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, provide an extraordinary capability against emerging biological and chemical threats by merging intelligence assessments with its world-renowned chemistry, biology, physiology and engineering expertise at every stage of the acquisition life cycle. We provide a unique blend of distinguished scientists and engineers for the research and development of innovative technological solutions to solve chemical and biological defense threats to our nation—both abroad and on the homeland.  For more information about the DEVCOM-CBC, please visit
This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and 
DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's or Master's degree or will have completed by May 1, 2023. Degree must have been received within one year of the appointment start date.