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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Vaccine Process R&D Co-op

Science and Research

Manufacturing Process Research



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/intern opportunity in Vaccine Process Research and Development within our Research Laboratories. The candidate will work within the Vaccine Process Development Department’s Downstream team to develop a scale down model yield and impurities production for the development of vaccines. Effects on mRNA production and IVT efficiency at various scales will be evaluated using analytical tools such as HPLC, ELISA, and UV-visible spectroscopy to name a few.

Specific Job Requirements:

Candidate is expected to balance needs of multiple stakeholders for the monitoring of vaccine production. Under direct supervision of the project mentor, the individual will develop a scale down model evaluating various scale-up effects and performing in-process assays. Bioreactor and modeling experience preferred.

The primary job responsibility will be to deliver on specific assigned objectives related to development of robust and scalable processes for the manufacture of clinical supplies and subsequent technical transfer of such processes to GMP operations or manufacturing division. Candidate will, under the close supervision of a more senior scientist, hold responsibility for a range of specific activities including, but not limited to: (1) evaluating upstream and downstream process unit operations, (2) analytical process monitoring, (3) high throughput microscale process development, (4) electronic notebook recording and maintenance

Require Education and Experience:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of a BS/BA in: Chemical/Bio Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, or 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 should be highly motivated and driven. Willing to take initiative to learn new science and excited to implement new technologies.

  • Candidates should be a strong team player. Candidate should be able to balance the needs of multiple disciplines when implementing new technologies.

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

  • Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Candidates must have good critical thinking skills.

  • Candidates must have basic laboratory skills such as pipetting.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have experience with basic purification unit operations including chromatography, filtration, or basic molecular biology techniques

  • Candidates should have experience with bioreactors

  • Candidates should have experience with analytical methods including SDS-PAGE, HPLC, agarose gel, fluorescence, and UV-Visible spectroscopy

  • Candidates should have current 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.



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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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:R202244