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Intern – Process Chemistry

South San Francisco, CA

Erasca is a clinical-stage precision oncology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing medicines for the benefit of patients with cancer. Our programs take novel approaches to shutting down one of cancer’s most commonly mutated signaling cascades, the RAS/MAPK pathway, which affects approximately 5.5 million lives each year worldwide. The name “Erasca” has an important embedded meaning: it is a contraction of our audacious hope to “erase cancer” that drives our mission and everything that we do on behalf of patients with cancer.

Intern – Process Development and Manufacturing, Process Chemistry

Erasca’s 2024 Summer Internship Program is a paid 8-10 week internship for undergraduate students who are pursuing a Major in Chemistry (ideally synthetic organic chemistry) and looking for meaningful work experience in the biotechnology industry. We have designed the program to give interns hands-on project experience and the opportunity to develop professional skills and establish career networks and mentors. 

Under the mentorship of the Senior Scientist, the Intern in Process Development and Manufacturing will carry out research on projects relating to the synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant and/or drug-like molecules while employing techniques of modern organic synthesis. 

Please note this position is onsite in the Erasca lab in South San Francisco, CA. Erasca does not offer housing or a housing subsidy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Gain experience in small molecule process development techniques using state-of-the-art equipment under the supervision of a Process Chemistry Scientist. 
  • Synthesize process impurities in support of the research project and record key data and procedures in a laboratory notebook. 
  • Collect relevant experimental and characterization data for each compound. 
  • Attend lab safety trainings and conduct all laboratory work in a safe manner. 
  • Meet regularly with mentor to discuss progress, challenges, results, and future plans. 
  • Summarize key findings in a formal report and/or deliver an oral presentation.  
  • Work will be performed onsite in Erasca’s lab in South San Francisco, CA; 40 hours per week. 
  • Perform all duties in keeping with the Company’s core values, policies and all applicable regulations. 

Required Education and Experience and Desired Personal Attributes:  

  • Undergraduate student with major declared in chemistry or related field. 
  • Minimum of two semesters of organic chemistry (with labs) completed. 
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite. 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 
  • Ability to identify issues and seek solutions. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong learning orientation, curiosity, and commitment to science and patients. 


  • Must be 18 years of age prior to scheduled start date. 
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S for any employer. We currently do not offer visa sponsorship to interns. 
  • Must be able to commit to the full 8-10 week time frame. 
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. 

ADA Notation: 

In this work environment, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, unpleasant odors, and loud noises. Interaction with laboratory equipment, samples, supplies, and laboratory personnel may be required whereby appropriate precautions are to be taken per the Company’s Safety and Injury, Illness and Prevention Plans 


The anticipated salary for this position is $25.00 per hour. 

Along with our casual, collaborative, and fun work and the chance to make your mark in our mission to erase cancer, Erasca offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off, Holiday, and Sick Leave, Medical, Dental and Vision Plans, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Basic and Voluntary Life/AD&D Coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA, HSA, and Commute), Critical Illness and Accident Coverage, Pet Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) Plan with Erasca contribution, and the opportunity to participate in an Employee Stock Purchase Program. 

Erasca, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of sex , race, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.