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Intern, Residence Time Distribution Analyst
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Vertex | Boston, MA
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Job Description:

Intern, Residence Time Distribution Analyst

The Vertex Summer Internship Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will be working closely with and learning from some of the brightest people in the industry. When you join our internship program you should not be surprised to see that our environment is one that is innovative and team oriented, where collaboration is not just a word, and "we are fearless" is in everything we do. Students can expect to be challenged by their summer project plan, connect with other interns, and feel valued by the Vertex community. Not only will interns learn about their day-to-day tasks through their specific work assignments, but they will interact and have exposure to our organizational leaders and their teams through a series of Professional Development Workshops.

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Job Description

Residence time distribution (RTD) is an indicator of how long it takes for a package of material to be processed through each unit of operation. RTD experiment is typically measured by adding a package of dye into the unit ops. When the dye is added it mixes with the powder inside the system and leaves the equipment at different levels of dye. The concentration of dye is used to generate the RTD. What we have found is that mixing the raw material and the dye, even as low as 5%, by weight can cause a significant change in the flowability and the bulk density of the powder. This project aims to investigate the impact of these changes on the RTD measured on different equipment used during manufacturing. The purpose of this internship is to investigate the effects of the dye level of the find RTD of the equipment. The intern will be working with various types of equipment to measure the RTD at different mass flow rates.

Key Responsibilities

The intern will be responsible for executing the experimental plan, operate different formulation processing equipment, and perform data analysis. There are three different types of equipment currently being tested:

* Blender
* Roller compactor
* Mill

The intern will spend 2-3 weeks on each equipment to generate data.


* Engineering or equivalent science degree

Preferred Qualifications

* Previous work on processing equipment is a plus
* Hands-on approach to experiment
* 3.2 GPA Preferred