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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Protein and Structural Chemistry Co-op

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Job Description

The Future Talent Program features Cooperative (Co-op) education that lasts up to 6 months and will include one or more projects. These opportunities in our Research & Development Division can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

Job description

We are seeking a 6-month Co-op to join our Protein and Structural Chemistry group in the Computational and Structural Chemistry (CSC) department. Our group utilizes multidisciplinary approaches to design, express, purify, and characterize protein reagents in support of structure elucidation efforts that advance our drug discovery pipeline and ultimately help improve the lives of patients.

The Co-op will have the opportunity to work in a cell culture lab supporting structural biology. They will have the chance to learn about early-stage drug discovery from a structural perspective and master the laboratory skills needed to deliver high quality protein reagents to support therapeutic research programs. Techniques include cell culture, protein expression, and protein characterization by flow cytometry, western blotting, and microscopy. The co-op may also gain exposure to other techniques including protein purification, characterization (FPLC, affinity/ion exchange/gel filtration, gels, analytical SEC, DSF, LC/MS) and crystallization. Co-op will also participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. Co-ops will be exposed to drug discovery research and gain perspective on the practical considerations that drive a research program. In addition, Co-ops will have opportunities to present results of their research in both oral and written formats.

The Co-op will be responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording, use of biosafety cabinets and laboratory equipment for cell line characterization, and safe lab practices.

We recognize that the diversity in our team is our strength and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Successful candidates must demonstrate inclusive behaviors in working with a diverse group of scientists to drive our core mission.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate degree program in a relevant field of study

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time, for 6 months, beginning in winter/spring/summer of 2023

  • Candidates must have Research lab experience

  • Candidates must be highly organized, motivated, and have strong analytical and communication skills

  • Candidates must have the ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented setting and contribute to the inclusive culture of the group

  • Candidates must have careful attention to detail and documentation

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have experience with molecular biology techniques

  • Candidates should have cell culture and aseptic technique

  • Candidates should have eukaryotic cell maintenance, transfection, and scale up

  • Candidates should have familiarity with stable cell line generation

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.




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Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)



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Requisition ID:R202297