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Merck & Co, Inc

2024 University Recruiting - Quantitative Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics Co-op

Science and Research

University Research


West Point, Pennsylvania, 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 company's Research Labs can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

Our Company Research Lab’s Quantitative Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics (QP2) group within the Translational Medicine department is seeking co-op students for 2024. QP2 provides mathematical modeling, simulation, and pharmacokinetic / pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) analysis to enable drug development decisions across the pipeline – starting at discovery / preclinical investigation, through early-stage clinical trials, to late-stage clinical trials and drug registration.

The co-op will work closely with a QP2 scientist mentor to build and apply novel mathematical, physiologic, pharmacologic, or statistical models to support drug development and create new quantitative capabilities and approaches. Co-ops have an opportunity to collaborate with scientists in QP2 and other groups within our Company , to develop external presentations / publications and to learn about drug development more broadly.

A wide variety of scientific projects will be available to co-ops, on topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Pharmacometrics

  • Machine learning in clinical trials

  • Quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) in neuroscience and cardiometabolic studies

  • Bayesian methods in pharmacology

  • Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK)

  • Translational modeling (predicting late-stage results from preclinical and early-stage studies)

  • Semi-mechanistic models of infection (e.g., viral dynamics)

  • Interactive visualizations for modeling & simulation

  • Automation and scaling of modeling analyses for rapid decision-making

We are seeking co-op candidates with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.

NOTE: This Co-op is available in Rahway, NJ or West Point, PA based on candidate preference.


  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program or higher education in Pharmacometrics, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical PK/PD, Mathematics / Applied Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Statistics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science or related disciplines

  • Candidates must have completed at least 2 years of studies toward Bachelor’s degree by the start of the Co-op

Required Experience and Skills:

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

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong computational skills

  • Experience with programming languages such as R, NONMEM, MATLAB, Monolix, SAS, Phoenix NLME, Python

  • Experience with data visualization

  • Familiarity with population modeling principles, differential equations, machine learning, and/or Bayesian statistics

  • 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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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

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Requisition ID:R256596