Co-Op, Purification Process



Waltham, MA, USA
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2024

This position is a great learning experience for students with future career aspirations in biotech and gaining critical hands-on experience within a lab environment. The dates of the Co-Op will begin around June/July and run through the end of the year. The student will be responsible for assisting team members in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology group in the following area and tasks:

  • Development of a platform purification process for monoclonal antibodies, including Ion Exchange / Mixed Mode Chromatography, Viral Filtration, and Ultrafiltration / Diafiltration
  • Operate and maintain AKTA chromatography systems
  • Perform analytical methods, including SoloVPE
  • Presenting work at informal department and cross functional meetings as well as a final project presentation


  • Majoring in Bachelor of Arts/Sciences or Master’s in chemical engineering, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, biology or related discipline
  • Experience in developing and supporting liquid chromatography purification unit operations across modality and scale, including operation of AKTA chromatography controllers.
  • The ability to think critically and communicate effectively across a broad spectrum of audiences both internal and external.
  • An ability to work independently, meet deadlines and prioritize work effectively.


Visterra, Inc. (http://www.visterrainc.com/), is a clinical stage biotechnology company committed to developing innovative antibody-based therapies for the treatment of patients with kidney diseases and other hard-to-treat diseases. Our proprietary technology platform enables the design and engineering of precision antibody-based product candidates that specifically bind to and modulate key disease targets. Applying this technology to disease targets that are not adequately addressed by traditional therapeutic approaches, we are developing a robust pipeline of novel therapies for patients with unmet needs.

Visterra is a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka America, Inc., which is a U.S. holding company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Japan. Visterra has approximately 100 employees and is in Waltham, Massachusetts, where we have a brand new, state of the art research lab. The Waltham site is accessible by public transportation (red line to Alewife and free shuttle bus to site). A $250/month transportation is made available to Co-Ops. Additionally, we are supportive of identifying and facilitating co-op carpooling arrangements during the coop period, as available.

Visterra provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.