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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Sterile & Specialty Products Co-op

Science and Research

New Products


Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features co-ops that last up to 6 months with starting dates relatively flexible 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 Research & Development Division’s Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Supply (PSCS) organization is responsible for translating a therapeutic agent into a functional drug product optimized for patients. Within PSCS, the Sterile & Specialty Products department is a multidisciplinary research group seeking candidates who will work collaboratively in a team environment to help solve key challenges in formulation development and manufacturing of parenteral pharmaceutical products. The candidate in this co-op will work in one of the following areas:

  • Formulation: Responsible for designing and developing sterile and specialty pharmaceutical products for biologics and small molecules, including screening and designing robust drug product compositions, developing scalable processes, and defining primary packaging.

  • Biopharmaceutics: Responsible for developing mechanistic understanding of drug absorption via various routes of administration and biopharmaceutics strategy for formulation-pharmacokinetic bridging in all clinical stages of drug product development.

The candidate will participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the candidate will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats. During your co-op appointment you will work closely with an experienced pharmaceutical industry scientist on a research project with key tasks that include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Design and execute research experiments

  • Apply scientific concepts to execute work in a lab environment to advance the understanding of parenteral drug products

  • Ensure effective execution of assigned projects while adhering to safe lab practices, policies, and providing clear communication within and external to the team

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidates must hold or be a currently enrolled undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Material Science, or related fields


  • Candidates must a hold or be a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a Masters or PhD in Engineering, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Material Science, or related fields

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have effective oral and written communication skills

  • Candidates should have strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: electronic notebook recording, analytical techniques, and safe lab practices

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Locations: Kenilworth, NJ; Rahway, NJ; West Point, PA

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

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.



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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:R206611