R&D internship - Contribute to preclinical development of new non-hormonal contraceptive

Salary Competitive

At Cirqle Biomedical, our mission is to reinvent contraception. By leveraging the body’s own mucus barrier we are developing the first non-hormonal, on-demand contraceptive for women that could impact millions of lives. We are a team with ambitious goals, set to do good and to tackle big challenges at a fast pace and with the highest quality.

Our first product, OUI was awarded the Index Award in 2021, dubbed the Nobel Prize of the design world, and has been featured by amongst others Forbes, CNN and Wired Magazine.

We are now looking for a full-time intern who would assist in the lab side of Cirqle Biomedical for either a 6 or 12-month internship. Start date will be summer or winter 2022. As an R&D Intern, you will work closely with expert researchers on mucus engineering projects for contraception. You will have an opportunity to learn disciplined lab research techniques and skills from experts.

For this role, you will be based in Copenhagen working in state-of-the-art labs at the BioInnovation Institute.


What you’ll work on:

  • Cell based assays incl. fluorescent labelling and imaging, image analysis, cellular viability assays

  • Microbiology assays focusing on the vaginal microbiome

  • Toxicology assays

  • Ad hoc lab tasks to support the science team


Who you are:

  • You hold a bachelor degree in in biology, molecular biology, immunology or biotechnology and have hands on experience working in a laboratory

  • Likely between your bachelor and to masters degree and looking for a 6 or 12-month internship (37hr/week) to gain industry experience

  • Outstanding problem-solver with an ability to turn ambiguity into clarity

  • Excellent oral & written communication skills (English)

  • Authorized to do an internship in Denmark


What we offer:

  • An opportunity to impact millions of lives by launching the first novel mechanism of action in contraception in decades

  • An inclusive culture and flat organisation providing you with a voice and potential for impact

  • An opportunity to change the world and work with talented scientist from different fields

  • Flexible time off, lunch, dinner, and a positive working environment


Equal employment

Cirqle is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Cirqle for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or how you identify. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background.


About Cirqle

Cirqle’s mission is to launch a new era in contraception. We are working towards this goal by combining human-centred design and mucus engineering that leverages the body’s own mucus barrier. By joining Cirqle Biomedical you will become part of an ambitious mission-driven team that is motivated by transforming new science into products that will impact millions of lives. Cirqle Biomedical is backed by leading life science investors.

We look forward to receiving your application 👋

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Free lunch
Free lunch

Enjoy a free catered lunch with your colleagues, every day.

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Maternity / paternity leave
Maternity / paternity leave

Kids are the future, go spend time with them.

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Working at
Cirqle Biomedical

Our mission is to create a contraceptive technology that renders hormonal birth control obsolete. We are addressing the millions of women that are demanding non-hormonal products with fewer side-effects to manage their fertility. Today, nearly 60 years after the first oral contraceptive pill was sold, most prescription birth control methods are variations on the same synthetic hormones. In collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, we have developed a technology that reinforces the natural barrier properties of cervical mucus. The principle of the technology is to use topically-applied biopolymers to make cervical mucus impenetrable to sperm cells throughout the menstrual cycle. Our approach enables a potentially groundbreaking product that protects within a minute and for extended periods without the systemic side-effects known from hormonal contraceptives. In 2019 we raised $1.8M for pre-clinical development. Today we are incubated at the BioInnovation Institute, conveniently located in central Copenhagen, with access to state-of-the-art labs.

Read more about Cirqle Biomedical

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