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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Investigative Toxicology Intern

Science and Research



West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features internships that last 9-12 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.

Safety Assessment and Laboratory Animals Resources (SALAR) helps advance high quality drug candidates into development by defining the non–clinical safety and selectivity of lead compounds. SALAR employees evaluate Lead Op candidates and preclinical toxicity of drug development candidates, provide mechanistic understanding of drug-induced toxicity, and assess implications for human safety.

Internship positions are available in the following areas:


Students interested in Immunology, cell and molecular biology, or toxicology will work on multiple projects developing assays to better assess immune-mediated adverse responses to drug candidates. Interns will work with scientists in the lab to evaluate the effects of small molecule and/or biologic drug candidates on immune cells, develop and optimize multiple flow cytometry-based procedures, and work to establish in vitro models of immunotoxicity.

NMR Metabolomics

The intern will work on projects that will leverage state-of-the-art NMR technology for metabolomics application in toxicology. The projects will require the use of Bruker NMR spectroscopies and metabolomics software to identify metabolites, process metabolite quantification, and run statistical analysis. Day-to-day activities will likely include tasks that require sample processing (plasma, urine, cells, and culture media), sample preparation for NMR analysis, NMR spectrum analysis, and connection of metabolites to biochemical pathways for drug treatment or gene knock-out animal models. Good understanding of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and computer skill will be a plus.


Students interested in bioinformatics or toxicology will work to align clinical chemistry, protein biochemistry, and genomics data into structured databases, design data visualizations and perform integrative analysis.

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’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs, and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.

Required Education and Skills:

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in a minimum of a BS/BA in: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Chemical/Bio Engineering, Veterinary medicine or related discipline.

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for 12 weeks beginning on 5JUN23 through 25AUG23

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have G.P.A of 3.0 or higher

  • Candidates should have strong analytical and communication skills

  • Candidates should have demonstrated ability to learn new technologies

For Immunotoxicology: Candidates should have a background or coursework in Immunology, cell and molecular biology, or toxicology. Previous cell culture experience not required but considered a plus.

For NMR Metabolomics: Candidates should have a background in analytical chemistry and biology/biochemistry. Laboratory experience and computer skills are required

For Bioinformatics: Candidates should have a background with programming languages and database architecture. Experience with genomics and bioinformatics not required but considered a plus

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.

FTP2023 MRL2023

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:R197900