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Merck Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics and Drug 2020 Metabolism Bioalysis and ADME Intern in West Point, Pennsylvania

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The Future Talent Program features internships that last 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 Research Lab's Bioanalytical group with in Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism Department in West Point, PA and Boston, MA is seeking summer interns. The Bioanalytic Groups at Merck provide quantitative analysis of biologically derived samples for all Merck discovery and development programs. The prospective intern in West Point, PA, will get hands-on experience with the development and qualification of a multiplex analyte capture assay in Luminex XMap platform. The perspective intern in Boston, MA, will hands-on experience with MSD and homogenous assay formats and experience in LBA method development by evaluating luminescent and fluorescent based homogenous assay formats for quantification of model drugs and possibly biomarkers. In addition to laboratory skills, the interns will have the opportunity to be engaged in scientific discussion and interpretation of data. The intern student will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats.

Our company's Research Lab's Absorption, Distribution and Drug Metabolism (ADME) group with in Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism Department in South San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA is also seeking summer interns. The ADME group evaluates the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of therapeutic small molecules, peptides and proteins in early discovery through drug development. The intern in South San Francisco, CA with learn and contribute to designing in vitro assays, perform and develop immunoassays and develop an understanding of basic concepts for biologics pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD). The intern in Boston, MA, will have the benefit of working hands on developing a model screening tool for peptide drug discovery. The intern would be trained in both biochemical and analytical methods associated with model membranes and peptide discovery, carry out incubations and quantify parent loss with UPLC-MS/MS instruments. In addition to laboratory skills, the interns will have the opportunity to analyze, interpret and present data in group meetings.

We are seeking intern candidates at all levels with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment.

Education Requirement:

  • Required: Candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree OR a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a master’s or PhD Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences,Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics, Biology, Virology,Microbiology Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field.

Required Experience and Skills:

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

  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June 2020.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: Various biochemical assays and molecular biology techniques: SDS-Page, Western blotting, enzyme kinetics, immunoassays (ELISA, etc.), LC-MS/MS, basic pipetting and dilution techniques

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and collaboration skills along with strengths in delivering results in fast-pace environment.

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID: R11081