Biotechnology is the use of technology and biology - applied biology - to find solutions to problems. Career and research opportunities include animal sciences, biomedical technologies, immunology, pharmaceutics, forensics, plus marine and environmental science.

Students learn the fundamentals of biology and chemistry and gain an advanced understanding of related subfields like cellular biology, genetics, and microbiology. Students work with DNA, cells, enzymes and other biological agents in hands-on laboratory settings, and have the opportunity to work in outside laboratories as part of a summer internship program.

Graduates find employment in entry-level biotechnology positions, including jobs as manufacturing, research and lab technicians or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Biotech jobs in Southern Maine

Many Biotech jobs in Southern Maine are posted on   Search using Biology or Biotechnology as keywords.

Starting out in a temporary position is a good way to get experience.  Heather Seavey at Manpower has expressed interest in connecting with SMCC Biotechnology students.


Let Manpower Professional of Maine be your trusted advisors in the world of work.  We are a leading provider of talent to many of Maine’s Biotech, IT, Finance and Engineering companies and want to share our knowledge and expertise with you.  Manpower Professional knows how and where to get you where you want to go.


Heather Seavey  or Len Clark
Recruiters Manpower Professional 
70 Center Street 
Portland,  Maine    04101       207-774-6308



Genotyping Technician job at Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor

Genotyping Technician
There is a regular full-time Genotyping Technician position available in Genotyping Services working under direct supervision of the TGS Supervisor.  Depending on departmental needs, this position may have the dual responsibility of performing support tasks including DNA extraction and Gel room activities, as well as performing routine genotyping including the use of robotic and manual processes for PCR setup and analysis and the scoring of data.  The incumbent will also be trained to receive and process outside samples in a BS hood and will troubleshoot, track and maintain records on incoming sample issues and notify customers of work completion.
The work schedule is established based on operational demands and may fluctuate based on the changing needs of the TGS laboratory.  This includes some weekend work.
Requirements for this position include:
•             Two year associate, vocational or technical degree, completion of an apprenticeship program or equivalent work experience.
•             One year experience in knowledge of DNA extraction, PCR processes, agarose gels desirable
•             Knowledge of college level Mendelian genetics that can be obtained through a genetics course at an accredited college or university or through successful completion of the Jackson Laboratory genetics course, “ Beyond Basic Genetics”.  Other means of acquiring this knowledge will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
•             Strong written and oral communication skills sufficient to permit clear and effective exchange of information with people representing a wide diversity of disciplines and levels of sophistication
•             Ability to work with computer software and databases such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc
•             Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while consistently maintaining a positive and professional demeanor
•             Ability to be flexible and multi-task
To apply, please go to   to requisition 3490.
Lisa Hanscom-Winger
HR Sr. Generalist
The Jackson Laboratory
610 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
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Summer internship at NIH in Washington DC

2012 Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP): In summer 2012, the NIH will again offer a special SIP program designed to recruit community college students to the NIH. Students in CCSEP can take advantage of all the opportunities available to other SIP interns. In addition, they will make a commitment to completing an enrichment curriculum. If you are a community college student and interested, please read about CCSEP.

Eligibility: The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Stipend Information: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.

Application Procedure: Prospective candidates must apply online. The application is available from mid-November to March 1.
It requires submission of:
a curriculum vitae or resume,
a list of coursework and grades (please note: no transcripts need to be sent at this time),
a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals, and
the names and contact information for two references.
Candidates may also specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest them.
Selection: The NIH Summer Internship Program is highly competitive. In 2010, more than 6700 applications were submitted, and about 1200 interns were selected. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from November through April by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. Individual scientists select their own summer interns and provide their funding; there is no centralized selection process. For suggestions on how to increase your chances of being offered a position, please read the SIP Frequently Asked Questions.

Candidates will be informed of their selection by the hiring Institute, generally by May 1. Successful candidates will be required to submit the following documentation to their Institute or Center prior to beginning their training:

Official high school, college, or graduate school transcripts
Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. U.S. citizens may submit a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Permanent residents will need to provide a copy of their alien registration card.

 SMCC Biology Students find new viruses on campus!

This fall was the first time that the introductory Phage Genomics laboratory was offered in the Science department at SMCC (BIOL122). This is a course that was developed by the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute. SMCC was one of only four community colleges in the county to be accepted into this program.

10 students signed up for the course which is geared to introduce students to how science is actually studied.  Rather than having students complete a set of proscribed laboratory experiments, they went outdoors and isolated new viruses from the soil on campus.  These are viruses that specifically infect a soil bacterium Mycobacterium msegmatis affectionately known as "smeg"

Each student worked in the lab on average of four hours per week to find and isolate their own virus.  After purifying their virus they were able to work with Karen Moulton at USM photographs of their virus under the electron microscope (see photo below).

They also each worked to purify the DNA from their virus in order to study its genome.  Two of the students had the DNA from their virus sent to the Univ of Pittsburgh to have it sequenced.  This will allow the students to study the makeup of the virus genome (what genes are present, how related it the virus to other viruses previously characterized) during the second semester of the class (BIOL127).  The viral genome will be annotated as to location and function of genes, and the annotated sequence will be published in the Genbank (international library of DNA sequences) with the SMCC students listed as authors.

The laboratory work for this course at SMCC was supported by the INBRE grant provided to SMCC by the National Institute of Health, and administered by Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories, specifically Award Number P20RR016463 from the National Center for Research Resources.



January 2012 • Campus Connection • Your connection to the SMCC community 

SMCC students at Mount Desert Island Biological Labs January 8-13th, 2012

For the third year in a row, a dozen SMCC Science students spent their last week of winter break at Mount Desert Island Biological Labs participating in an intensive weeklong genetics course sponsored by the National Institute of Health.  The students  used molecular techniques to study population genetics related to the migratory behavior of alewives, a fish commonly found in Maine rivers.  Salmon are well known to swim back to their native rivers to spawn, but the fidelity of alewives to their native streams is unclear.

The students examined DNA from fish harvested from two different rivers in Scarborough Marsh; Mill Brook and the Nonesuch River.   An interesting historical feature of the project, was that the majority of the fish were collected by their professor, Brian Tarbox, 35 years ago when he was doing the research for his masters thesis at University  of Maine!

The students compared the fish from the two rivers by extracting DNA from fish scales that Professor Tarbox had saved.  They isolated DNA from the scales and then amplified it using Polymerase Chain Reaction.  Once they had a larger amount of DNA sample they examined the sequences and looked for differences between the two sets of fish.

Throughout this process the students learned new skills, and got to spend an entire week (sometimes staying in the lab until 10 PM) in the modern research facility at Mount Desert Island Biological Lab.

Students in the Biotechnology, Marine Sciences, and Liberal Studies Biology program participated this year. Genevieve Foley  The short course was fantastic! Getting to work in a real lab alongside scientists was a truly incredible and valuable experience.”  Stanley Pile further elaborated “The most important aspect of the short course was the hands on experience of learning and utilizing the technical tools and machines to facilitate our research experience. The most valuable lesson I took from this experience is to be methodical and precise with the handling and use of all of the equipment and procedures; and to be patient. “

The students will work to finish up their data collection during the spring semester, and then plan to present their results at the 39th annual Maine Biological and Biomedical Sciences Symposium which will be held in April at Mount Desert Island Biological Labs.  The entire cost of the course, including scientific supplies, housing, food and travel was supported by the INBRE grant provided to SMCC by the National Institute of Health, and administered by Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories, specifically Award Number P20RR016463 from the National Center for Research Resources.

Three photos below:

Stanley Pile pipettes while Cassie Day and Khoung Lim record data

Rebecca Riendeau, Noel White, and Cassie Day showing off their pipetting skills at MDIBL.

Entire student group at MDIBL



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