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Merck & Co, Inc

2022 Data Science Chemistry Intern ( MERCUSR146191ENUS)

Science and Research




Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021 or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

The Future Talent Program features internships that last up to 12 weeks 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 seeking a summer intern to work with the data scientists, organic and analytical chemists, and chemical engineers in the Data Rich-Experimentation (DRE) group to solve key challenges in integrating data streams from a diverse range of analytical instrumentation. The successful applicant will design and implement a pipeline for parsing raw data from HPLC and SFC instruments with UV, MS, and other detectors and create a web-based front-end for end-user processing. This individual will have a unique opportunity to learn skills at the interface of data science, analytical chemistry, and organic synthesis and develop tools and infrastructure that will have significant impacts across our organization.

Day-to-day research will focus on writing code, deploying the data pipeline, and generating chemically meaningful visualizations. There will be considerable flexibility in work arrangements. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on site with our team members in Rahway, NJ or Boston, MA, or remotely, with regular contact and mentorship through our telepresence platforms.

The successful candidate must display a high level of innovation, creativity, and initiative and have excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills. Interns in the Small Molecule Process Research and Development organization function as fully-integrated members of their respective teams and participate in regular departmental- and team-level meetings. In addition to the discovery and development of synthetic routes to potential drug candidates, our department is engaged in bio- and chemo catalysis screening and development, laboratory automation, preparative-scale chromatography, and analytical research. Overall, interns are exposed to broad perspectives on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, chemistry, or a related field; OR a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in the same fields.

  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree by June 2022.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have an interest in organic chemistry, analytical instrumentation, data science, and machine learning

  • Candidates should be proficiency in Python and related data science/visualization libraries (numpy, pandas, and Plotly Dash)

  • Candidates should have experience with binary data file formats and hex editors

  • Candidates should have familiarity with version control (git), scripting, basic web hosting

  • Candidates should have basic understanding of the principles of chromatography, analyte detection, and quantitation

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., Kenilworth, 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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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:

Remote Work, Telecommuting


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Requisition ID:R146191