2018 MRL Neuroscience Co-Op Job

West Point, PA, US
September 22 2017
Organization Type
2018 MRL Neuroscience Co-Op:ADM008729


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 Merck Neuroscience team is seeking motivated and technically skilled students majoring in the Biological sciences or pharmacy. The student should have strong interest in neuroscience and learning about CNS drug discovery. Successful candidates will be able to work independently, and will be expected to proactively collaborate with colleagues. Primary responsibilities include contributing to the execution of in vitro experiments including establishing in vitro cell-based model systems, development of immunoassays and performing biochemical and immunohistochemical analysis of tissues to support the identification and validation of novel targets to treat CNS diseases. The candidate will be an active participant in the positive and critical scientific dialogue that supports our mission of target identification and validation.

The responsibilities of the Early Discovery Neuroscience team member include:

- Design, execute, interpret and report in vitro experiments.
- Assist in developing, executing, and troubleshooting new cell assays, protocols and imaging methods.
- Support characterization and validation of antibody activity in cell based and in vivo models.
- Communicate data clearly and concisely to teams and stakeholders.
- Monitor, review and critically interpret published work to guide their research.
- Collaborate with members from other functional areas, including medicinal chemistry, in vivo and in vitro pharmacology and genetics.



- Required:
Candidates must have completed
at least (2) years towards a BS/BA degree in Biological Sciences or
related disciplines such as Chemistry, Pharmacy or health related fields,
by early 2018
- Candidates
must be returning to school upon completion of the co-op assignment.


- Candidates
must be available to work full-time for 4-6 months beginning in early
- Candidates
must have strong desire to develop knowledge of neuroscience
drug discovery.
- Candidates
must have some experience with basic lab procedures: pipetting, solution
preparation, plate assays
- Candidates
must have interest in conducting experiments to determine efficacy of test
compounds, establish dose-response and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic
relationships, investigate biomarker responses and target engagement or
modulation in vivo.
- Candidates
must have demonstrated ability to perform accurate data analysis
- Candidates
must have experience with basic mammalian cell culture, i.e.,
transfections, primary neurons


- Previous
neuroscience coursework
- Experience
with rodent behavior, animal handing, and dousing procedures
- Excellent
oral and written communication skills, including presentation of lab
reports and presentations
- Strong
attention to detail.

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 an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Job Type: Co/Op

Employee Status: Temporary

Number of Openings: 2

Hazardous Materials: Human tissue and cell lines.

Relocation Provided: None

Company Trade Name:Merck

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