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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Biologics Process Research & Development Co-op

Business Development

Strategic Planning


Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in customer-facing commercial or research- based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated.

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.

Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Our Research & Development Division is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow and will take our company’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule, vaccines, and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

Our Research & Development Division's Biologics Process Research and Development (BPR&D) department in Kenilworth, NJ, is seeking summer interns who will work collaboratively in a team environment at our state-of-the-art laboratories to develop novel Bio-process technologies and methodologies. Biologics Process Research & Development (BPR&D) is responsible for developing manufacturing processes and associated technologies for our company's biologics pipeline. BPR&D includes three core technical functional areas: Process Cell Sciences (PCS), Upstream Process Development (UPD) and Downstream Process Development & Engineering (DPDE). Day-to-day research for the intern will focus on solving key challenges in biopharmaceutical process development, process characterization, and manufacturing. This job posting covers opportunities for co-ops in all the above three functional areas.

The co-ops will be exposed to:

  • State-of-the-art bioprocessing approaches, equipment, and facilities used for manufacturing modern biopharmaceuticals.

  • Fundamentals bioprocessing necessary to solve problems as a member of an integrated team in support of the large molecule pipeline at our company.

  • Expert groups in the areas of cell line development and screening, upstream process development, downstream process development, cell line engineering, high throughput screening, media development, -omics, and continuous processing.

The co-ops in BPR&D will also participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. The co-ops will be responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording of experimental details and for analysis and interpretation of data that may be used for internal or external scientific publications which may follow from the co-op. Co-ops will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skill sets via refinement of laboratory skills, introduction to new experimental techniques, exposure to current challenges in bioprocess research, and perspectives on the practical aspects of drug development. In addition, the co-op student will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats.

Locations: Kenilworth, NJ; Boston, MA; South San Francisco, CA

This is a full-time co-op position. Housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled student pursuing a Bachelor's, Master’s, or PhD degree in Chemistry, Biology (e.g. Cell Biology, Virology), Biochemistry, Chemical/Biological Engineering, Materials Science, Pharmaceutical Science or a related discipline.

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for 4-6 months beginning mid 2023

  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June 2023.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have significant interest in biopharmaceuticals.

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: lab notebook recording, use of instrumentation, analysis and interpretation of data, and safe lab practices.

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Candidates should have experience in data sciences is also a plus.

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.



For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

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Requisition ID:R198556