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2018 MRL Biocatalysis Intern
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Merck & Co, Inc. | Rahway, NJ
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Requisition ID: ADM009063

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world's premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we're doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

The Future Talent Program featuresinternships that last 11-12 weeks and will include one or more projects.These opportunities in our Merck Research Labs (MRL) can provide you withgreat development and a chance to see if we are the right company for yourlong-term goals.

The Department of ChemicalCapabilities and Screening within Merck Research Laboratories located in Rahway,NJ, is seeking an undergraduate summer intern. The intern will function as afully-integrated member of a biocatalysis team, consisting of synthetic andanalytical chemists, molecular biologists, engineers and bioinformaticians.

The job will focus on developing novelenzymatic reactions to synthesis of chiral interediates. TheDepartment of Chemical Capabilities and Structure in Merck Research Laboratorieslocated in Rahway, NJ, is seeking undergraduate summer interns. The intern will function as afully-integrated member of a biocatalysis chemistry team.

The intern will:

* Beinvolved in the discovery and development of novel biocatalytic reactions andtheir application to synthetic routes of potential drug candidates
* Applynovel screening methods utilizing cutting edge automation and high throughputexperimentation, preparative-scale chromatography, and analytical research
* Researchusing techniques in biocatalysis to understand and solve key syntheticchallenges of potential drug candidates
* Attenddepartmental and team meetings to provide a wider perspective on the drugdevelopment process in the pharmaceutical industry
* Provideaccurate electronic notebook recording, reaction set-up techniques, use ofvacuum evaporation devices, thin-layer chromatography, flash chromatography,basic workup procedures, basic NMR interpretation, basic MS interpretation,and safe lab practices
* Havethe opportunity to gain further knowledge and skill sets via refinement ofbiocatalytic and organic chemistry skills, introduction to new spectroscopicand purification techniques, exposure to problems in discovery and processresearch, and perspective on the practical aspects of drug development

The successful candidate will have achance to interact with cross-functional teams of chemists, biologist andengineers to carry high throuput screening of enzyme libraries for selectedbiotransformations. The intern willhave a chance to scale up successful reactionsn to further isolate andcharacterize the prodicts. The intern will be responsible for accurateelectronic notebook recording, safe laboratory practices, and presentation ofdata and their interpretation to a team of scientists. The intern will alsoattend departmental and team meetings to gain a wider perspective on the drugdevelopment process in the pharmaceutical industry.

We are seeking intern candidateswith strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and theability to work in a cross-functional environment.

Location: Rahway, NJ

This is a full-time paid internshipwhereby a weekly stipend will be provided to the student. Housing subsidy isnot available as part of this program, and if housing is required by student,it must be funded 100% by the student. Relocation expenses will be reimbursedfor students currently living >50 miles away from their work location.

Please note whenapplying for this position, if candidate is selected for an interview,applicant must be prepared to submit letters of recommendation and a briefresearch statement and a copy of transcript.



* Candidates must be currently pursuing a BA/BS degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemical Biology
* Candidates must have completed a minimum of (2)years of studies towards a BA/BS degree as of June 2018
* Candidates mustbe currently enrolled in an academic program at the time of the application andbe returning to school for at least 1 semester once internship completes

Required Experience:

* Candidates must be available for full-time employment for 11-12 weeks during the months of June - August 2018

Preferred Experience:

* Significant interestin organic synthesis/biocatalysis/biotechnology
* Basiclaboratory skills and research experience, such as: electronic notebookrecording, reaction set-up techniques, use of vacuum evaporation devices,purification techniques such as thin-layer chromatography, flashchromatography, HPLC, recrystallization, and distillation, basic workupprocedures, basic NMR interpretation, basic MS interpretation, and safe labpractices

* Experience with working with enzymes and/or proteins will be a plus but not necessary

* Minimum GPA of 3.0

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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About Merck & Co, Inc.

Company Description

From developing new therapies that treat and prevent disease to helping people in need, we're committed to improving health and well-being around the world.

We are inspired by the difference we can make in the lives of people around the world through the innovative medicines, vaccines, and consumer health and animal products we discover and produce.

Our products cover a broad range of areas, including heart and respiratory health, infectious diseases, sun care and women’s health. And we focus our research on conditions that affect millions of people around the world – diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer – while building strengths in new areas like biologics.

While we work to develop innovative therapies, we also work hard to make sure they’re affordable. That’s why we offer assistance and discount programs to help make our medicines accessible to those who need them.

At today’s Merck, we’re applying our global reach and strength in scientific research to do more of what we’re passionate about: working to ensure a healthier future for all – one person at a time.

Company History

We've done great things in the past. Today, we're doing great things for the future.

Merck and Schering-Plough recently merged to create a new company. Today, we are the second-largest pharmaceutical company in the world. We also are a global leader in consumer products and animal care.

Both Merck and Schering-Plough have a long and rich history of working to improve people's health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness - from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, to cold remedies and antacids, to the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists also have helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics.

While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future of this new company and we are excited to help create a healthier, brighter future for people around the world.

Mission & Values

  • Our business is preserving and improving human life. We also work to improve animal health.
  • We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • We are dedicated to the highest level of scientific excellence and commit our research to improving human and animal health and the quality of life. 
  • We expect profits, but only from work that satisfies customer needs and benefits humanity.
  • Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of our employees.

Working Here

At Merck, you'll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. As part of our global team, you'll collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. Whatever your career path – whether it's pursuing original science in the laboratory, working directly with our customers, manufacturing quality products or supporting our business in another way – Merck offers opportunities to develop and expand your career while making a true difference in people's lives.  

Hiring Information

No matter what your specialty, there may be a place for you at Merck. We offer opportunities that can make a difference in your career – and in the world. We have career opportunities in various areas:

  • Research & Development
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Manufacturing & Supply
  • Information Services
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Sigma
  • Communications
  • Policy & Philanthropy
  • Legal


Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Merck's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people who matter the most in their lives.


Diversity is the power of differences. We believe that having a diverse, inclusive workforce and organization makes us a more innovative and agile company, attuned to the needs of our customers. Every day, we strive to create an inclusive workplace, where diverse perspectives are respected and all opinions matter:

  • Diversity is woven throughout our business practices and training strategy.
  • Our leaders are accountable for specific objectives related to diversity and inclusion. Results are measured in terms of individual, division and company-wide performance.
  • We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants.
  • We cast a wide net in our search for talent, seeking qualified suppliers – large and small – from all segments of the business community. This includes minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.