Strawberry-Blueberry Bioinformatics and Breeding Intern 

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Administration
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004207
  • Experience Years: 0-3 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Intern

About the Opportunity

This internship will offer the opportunity to work closely with Driscoll’s strawberry and blueberry breeding programs. The intern will be responsible for a bioinformatics project with each berry. In parallel, the intern will participate in general day-to-day breeding activities during peak season, including but not limited to, seedling selection, fruit evaluation, and phenotyping. The intern will present the data and conclusion of their main projects in a report, and will give an oral presentation to discuss their findings. Project description: The intern will analyze several transcriptomic data sets from strawberry and blueberry varieties. The analysis will include gene annotation, transcriptome sequence alignment to reference genomes, differential expression analysis between varieties or treatment, and e-QTL analysis.


Bio-informatics Project

  • Develop reproducible pipelines for analysis of transcriptomic data – alignment to a reference genome, differential expression analysis, e-QTL analysis
  • Analyze the transcriptome data available
  • Communicate progress and obstacles with members of the bioinformatics, blueberry, and strawberry teams
  • Share findings through detailed documentations and summarized reports

Strawberry and Blueberry Breeding

  • Collect strawberry and blueberry phenotypic data in the field, fruit lab, and/or greenhouse
  • Assist in seedling selection and fruit evaluation for both breeding programs
  • Help the different teams in day-to-day activities, such as plant tissue collection
  • Present findings, and provide recommendations based on findings
  • Responsible for managing activities in collaboration with the breeding teams and collaborative research teams to accomplish planned growth.
  • Represents Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like professional manner in all interactions with growers, co-workers, suppliers, customers and the business community at large.
  • Ensure Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information and materials.

Candidate Profile


  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master or PhD Degree) in a Bioinformatics, Horticulture, Plant Science, or similar program.
  • Have taken some course work in biology, horticulture, plant physiology, pest management, statistics, and/or plant genetics.
  • Have experience analyzing transcriptomic data sets (in polyploids a plus).
  • Experience in gene clustering and functional gene family analysis a plus.
  • Experience with statistical analysis using R or Python-based frameworks.
  • Familiar with a Unix-based software environment
  • Have an understanding of the scientific method.
  • Be attentive to details and have keen observation skills.
  • Be able to work in both a research lab and outdoor field environment.
  • Have great communication skills.
  • Be reliable, honest, and trustworthy.
  • Driver’s license valid in California and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.