Women of Color in Pharma

2022 Oncology Discovery Co-op

Merck & Co., Inc.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
4 days ago


Job Description

As a science-based healthcare company with a longstanding commitment to inventing and providing important medicines and vaccines, subject to applicable law, we require all U.S. and Puerto Rico based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption or accommodation. We are committed to supporting our employees during this process as we work to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

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 Division 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 oncology discovery team is seeking motivated and technically skilled students majoring in the biological sciences or pharmacy for co-op roles. The student should have strong interest in cancer research and learning about oncology drug discovery. Successful candidates will be able to work independently and will also be expected to proactively collaborate with colleagues.

The candidate will work with a scientific mentor to gain direct, hands on experience in developing cell-based assays to characterize new therapeutics targets and potential therapeutic molecules. Techniques learned can include primary and cancer cell line culture, proliferation assays, biochemical assays, isolation of immune cell subsets, and flow cytometry. Proposed projects have the potential to identify new targets/pathways for future oncology programs.

Responsibilities of the oncology discovery intern may include:
  • Design, execution, interpretation and reporting in vitro experiments.
  • Assist in developing, executing, and troubleshooting new cell assays.
  • Communicate data clearly and concisely to teams and stakeholders.
  • Monitor, review, and critically interpret published work to guide your own research.
  • Collaborate with members from other functional areas, including medicinal chemistry, in vivo and in vitro pharmacology and genetics.

Required Education and Skills:
  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in a minimum of a BS/BA degree in biological sciences or a related discipline and be enrolled in a co-op program through their college or university.
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (6) consecutive months beginning in May or June of 2022
  • Candidates must have a strong desire to develop knowledge of oncology drug discovery.
  • Candidates must have experience with basic lab procedures: pipetting, solution preparation, plate assays.
  • Candidates must have experience with basic mammalian cell culture.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated ability to perform accurate data analysis

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills, including preparation of lab reports and presentations.
  • Candidates should have strong attention to detail.
  • Candidates should have prior research experience.

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., Kenilworth, 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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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:R151971

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60006340
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: 2022 Oncology Discovery Co-op
  • Company Name: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Job Function: Customer Service
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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