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2018 MRL Biocatalysis Intern

Merck & Co., Inc - Rahway, NJ

2018 MRL Biocatalysis Intern



New Jersey

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 features

internships that last 11-12 weeks and will include one or more projects.

These opportunities in our Merck Research Labs (MRL) can provide you with

great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your

long-term goals.

The Department of Chemical

Capabilities and Screening within Merck Research Laboratories located in Rahway,

NJ, is seeking an undergraduate summer intern. The intern will function as a

fully-integrated member of a biocatalysis team, consisting of synthetic and

analytical chemists, molecular biologists, engineers and bioinformaticians.

The job will focus on developing novel

enzymatic reactions to synthesis of chiral interediates. The

Department of Chemical Capabilities and Structure in Merck Research Laboratories

located in Rahway, NJ, is seeking undergraduate summer interns. The intern will function as a

fully-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 a

chance to interact with cross-functional teams of chemists, biologist and

engineers to carry high throuput screening of enzyme libraries for selected

biotransformations. The intern will

have a chance to scale up successful reactionsn to further isolate and

characterize the prodicts. The intern will be responsible for accurate

electronic notebook recording, safe laboratory practices, and presentation of

data and their interpretation to a team of scientists. The intern will also

attend departmental and team meetings to gain a wider perspective on the drug

development process in the pharmaceutical industry.

We are seeking intern candidates

with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the

ability to work in a cross-functional environment.

Location: Rahway, NJ

This is a full-time paid internship

whereby a weekly stipend will be provided to the student. Housing subsidy is

not 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 reimbursed

for students currently living >50 miles away from their work location.

**Please note when

applying for this position, if candidate is selected for an interview,

applicant must be prepared to submit letters of recommendation and a brief

research 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

Knowledge of Linux environment

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.

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