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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Vaccine Process R&D Downstream Vaccine Process Development Co-op

Business Development

Strategic Planning



West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

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.

General Overview:

Applications are sought for a scientific co-op opportunity in Vaccine Process Research and Development within our Research Laboratories.  The candidate will work within the Vaccine Process Development department’s Downstream Bioprocess Team to evaluate different scale-down technologies that can be implemented in a laboratory setting to be representative of clinical or commercial scale manufacturing. The co-op will design and execute experiments specifically looking at common downstream unit operations including mechanical sizing steps and purification techniques.

Specific Job Requirements

Under direction of the project mentor, the candidate will design and perform laboratory studies to test and evaluate scale-down technologies for key unit operations of a vaccine manufacturing process. The individual will compare their findings to results from larger scale processing to determine representativeness of the scale-down model and will make recommendations towards the implementation of successful technologies to lab processing.

The candidate is expected to function in a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment. They will be expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate results of their work in both verbal and written formats.  In addition to the core responsibilities outlined above, the candidate will be expected to keep careful notes, comply with all required training, and maintain a focused attention on laboratory safety for themselves and their team.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of a BS/BA in: Chemical/Bio Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, or other relevant discipline.

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to 6 months.

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a co-op program at their college / university.

  • Candidates must have the ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Candidates must have good critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should experience with basic laboratory techniques through coursework or other opportunities.

  • Candidates should have familiarity with common downstream bioprocessing operations such as tangential flow filtration, dead-end filtration, and homogenization.

  • Candidates should have current GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Candidates should have familiarity with analytical HPLC methods.

  • Candidates should be comfortable using a PC computer and proficient in Windows-based operating systems and basic applications, such as spreadsheets and databases, at a minimum

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.



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 health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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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:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R202248