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Merck & Co.
West Point, Pennsylvania, United States (on-site)
18 days ago


The Future Talent Program features Cooperative (Co-op) education that lasts 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 Research & Development Division’s Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Sciences (PSCS) organization is responsible for translating a therapeutic agent into a functional drug product optimized for patients. The Discovery Pharmaceutical Sciences Department is a multidisciplinary research group that provides drug delivery, solid state and solution chemistry tools in Drug Discovery and Early Development. The department in West Point, PA is seeking co-ops who will work collaboratively in a team environment to help solve key challenges in formulation development and manufacturing of oral, sterile, and specialty (inhaled, implantable) pharmaceutical products including both biologics and vaccines.

We are seeking co-op candidates at all levels with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment. The co-ops will participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the students will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats. During your internship appointment you will work closely with an experienced pharmaceutical industry scientist on a research project with key tasks that include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Planning and executing research related to the design, development, and characterization of novel nanoparticle drug delivery approaches
  • Utilization of a variety of physical and chemical characterization techniques to develop an understanding of the physicochemical of characteristics of vaccines and biologics
  • Conducting statistical analyses enabled by big data techniques and machine learning methodologies

Location: West Point, PA


Required Education & Experience:

  • 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 degree or PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (24) weeks from June - November 2023
  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June 2023

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills, research experience, and familiarity with scientific programming languages, such as: electronic notebook recording, analytical techniques, high-performance liquid chromatography, spectroscopy, python/MATLAB/R, and safe lab practices
  • Candidates should have familiarity with or willingness to learn fluid mechanics/transport phenomena, chemical separations processes, and basic data science/machine learning methods
  • 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” 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.

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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders).  Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 68467937
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    West Point, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Merck & Co.
  • Position Title: 2023 Discovery Pharmaceutical Sciences Co-op
  • Industry: Biotech
Kenilworth , New Jersey , United States

Whether it’s helping invent the next breakthrough treatment or simply challenging and supporting one another for mutual betterment, our culture is about applied curiosity. We are dedicated to our team members’ growth and development, and empower each of them to reach their full potential regardless of function, geography or experience level. WHY MERCK? Because we recognize that our people are critical to our mission of improving and saving lives! “A job at Merck is not just a job, it's a career. Many people are here fo...

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