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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Discovery and Process Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Chemical Engineering Co-ops

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Engineering


Kenilworth, New Jersey, 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.

Our company's Research Lab's Discovery and Process Research Departments across multiple geographies are seeking summer CO-OPs with a passion for scientific research, strong academic performance, communication skills, and the ability to work on cross-functional teams. We offer opportunities in our state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories to solve fundamental synthetic, engineering, or biological problems relevant to drug discovery and development, while functioning as fully integrated members of our project teams.

Discovery Chemistry and Process Chemistry (Boston, MA; Kenilworth, NJ; Rahway, NJ: West Point, PA; South San Francisco, CA)

The candidates will work alongside the scientists in an organic synthesis laboratory to invent novel chemical reactions relevant to the synthesis of drug-like molecules. Day-to-day research for the intern will focus on solving key challenges in reaction design utilizing the latest advances in organic synthesis. In addition to the discovery and development of synthetic routes to potential drug candidates, the Process Research department is engaged in bio- and chemocatalysis screening and development, laboratory automation, preparative-scale chromatography, and analytical research. Day-to-day research will focus on using techniques in organic chemistry to understand and solve key synthetic challenges of interest to the synthetic community.

Chemical Biology (Kenilworth, NJ; Cambridge, MA)

Chemical Biology Department (comprising of chemistry, proteomics, and cell pharmacology) focuses on delivering novel mechanisms into our pipeline, expanding druggable space, and the pursuit of detailed knowledge of the mechanism of action for our key pipeline assets. Candidates will leverage their chemical and biological expertise to solve complex biological problems working in both chemistry and biology laboratory spaces. The internship will provide an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on how our Research Labs uses key technologies to create a synergistic toolbox for early discovery and beyond.

Chemical Engineering Research and Development (Rahway, NJ)

The CERD department develops the processing knowledge necessary to successfully scale-up and efficiently produce drugs at a commercial scale. Development efforts focus on ensuring robust, cost-effective, safe, environmentally benign chemical processes and advancing technologies for the laboratories, pilot plants, and manufacturing facilities to secure a competitive advantage for the company. Day-to-day research for the intern will focus on process and technology development, bulk drug supply, and/or commercial product launch. This internship will provide insight into our department and company culture, teach you the fundamentals of the pharmaceutical industry, and expose you to opportunities throughout our Research Labs (MRL) and Manufacturing Division (MMD).

The interns in will also participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. They will be responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording and safe lab practices. Interns will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skillsets via exposure to problems in process and discovery research, and perspective on the practical aspects of drug development. In addition, the intern student will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats.

**Please note when applying for this position, if the candidate is selected for an interview, the applicant must be prepared to submit letters of recommendation and a brief research statement and a copy of transcripts.

Required Education & Experience

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering; OR a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a Master's or PhD. in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering:

  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree by June 2023.

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to six months beginning in early to mid-2023.

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Candidates should have a significant interest in organic chemistry, chemical biology or chemical engineering

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and preferably previous research experience that includes use of various experimental techniques, electronic notebook recording, and safe lab practices.

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

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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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.

Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$59,400.00 - $101,000.00

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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:R199808