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Merck 2020 Genetics and Pharmacogenomics Intern in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features internships that lasts up to 12 weeks and will include one or more projects. These opportunities in our 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's Genetics and Pharmacogenomics team is currently recruiting for summer interns. The team has opportunities within five areas: Genetics; Cancer Genomics and Analytics; Genome Sciences; Discovery and Clinical Pharmacogenomics; and Profiling and Expression. The projects that you work on can be in one of the following areas:


  • Participate in the analysis of genetics data to facilitate discovery of novel genetics targets.

  • Work within an integrated team supporting the current pipeline, including bioinformatics and sequencing efforts.

Cancer Genomics and Analytics:

  • Analysis, implementation and visualization of network and graph algorithms for the study of interactions among disease-relevant biological networks

  • Data mining of large internal and external databases of molecular modalities for therapeutic discovery, disease stratification, and biomarkers for disease progression.

Genome Sciences:

  • Apply cellular and genomic technologies towards the functional validation of genetic targets and pathways.

  • Evaluate cutting-edge systems-level technologies for target discovery and validation.

Discovery and Clinical Pharmacogenomics:

  • Participate in the design and execution of genomics experiments to discover novel mechanisms of action for our compounds.

  • Work within an integrated team supporting the current pipeline, including bioinformatics and sequencing efforts.

  • Participate in clinical facing pharmacogenomic experiments including scientific, genomic policy and operational efforts

Profiling and Expression:

  • Profile human disease tissue and model systems using gene expression, immunophenotyping, and histopathological methods to inform clinical and discovery programs

  • Participate in translating disease pathways and mechanism-of-action studies into key biomarker insights

Locations: Genetics (Boston, MA); Cancer Genomics and Analytics (West Point, PA; Boston, MA); Discovery and Clinical Pharmacogenomics (Kenilworth, NJ; West Point PA); Genome Sciences (Boston, MA); Profiling and Expression (South San Francisco, CA)

Required Education and Experience:

  • Candidates must be currently pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or graduate degree in a relevant field.

  • Candidates must be able to work full-time for up to (12) weeks beginning in May or June of 2020.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have superior communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Candidates should have excellent academic achievement and analytical ability.

  • Candidates should be a good team player and have the ability to work independently.

  • Candidates who are working toward a graduate degree are preferred.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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 …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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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:

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Requisition ID: R16971