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Merck & Co, Inc

2024 University Recruiting - Discovery Chemistry, Process Research, and Chemical Biology Co-Op

Science and Research

University Research


South San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features Co-ops that last 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 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 laboratories to solve fundamental synthetic or biological problems relevant to drug discovery and development, while functioning as fully integrated members of the company project teams.

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

The candidates will work alongside company scientists in an organic synthesis laboratory to invent novel biologically active compounds and chemical reactions relevant to the synthesis of drug-like molecules (e. g. small molecules, cyclic peptides, and bioconjugates). 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, interns may focus/engage in bio- and chemo catalysis screening and development, laboratory automation, flow chemistry, labeled compound synthesis, and data science and informatics.

Chemical Biology (Rahway, NJ; Cambridge, MA)

Our company's Chemical Biology (comprising of chemistry, proteomics, and cell pharmacology) focuses on providing novel, high-quality targets and expanding confidence on molecular mechanism of action for our key assets. Candidates will leverage their chemical and biological expertise to solve complex biological problems while working in both chemistry and biology laboratory spaces. The co-op experience will provide an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on how our company's Research Labs uses key technologies to create a synergistic toolbox for early discovery and beyond.

Candidates will participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug discovery or development process in the pharmaceutical industry. Co-ops will also gain skillsets via exposure to practical aspects and day-to-day problems of pharmaceutical research. Co-ops will be responsible for and trained in methods for accurate electronic notebook recording and safe laboratory practices. In addition, they will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats.

NOTE: We have Co-ops available in South San Francisco, CA; Rahway, NJ; Boston/Cambridge, MA and West Point, PA. If a candidate is selected for an interview, the candidate should be prepared to submit letters of recommendation and a brief research statement and a copy of transcripts.


  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program or higher education in Chemistry or Chemical Biology
  • Candidate must have completed two (2) years of studies towards a Bachelor's degree by the start of the Co-op

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates must be able to commit to full-time onsite employment for 4 - 6 months beginning 2024

Preferred Experience & Skills:

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

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and preferably previous research experience that includes the use of various experimental techniques or electronic notebook recording

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Under New York City, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State 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:

$39,600.00 - $105,500.00



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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:



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Requisition ID:R258748