2018 MRL Oncology Discovery Intern - Boston

Boston, MA, US
October 12 2017
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Requisition ID: ADM008774

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. 

Merck Research Lab’s  Oncology Discovery team is seeking amotivated, creative, and technically skilled student for a 3- month summer internship.  The student should have a strong interest incancer research and learning about oncology drug discovery.  The successful candidate will serve as anintegral member of a multidisciplinary drug discovery project team developingnovel small molecule inhibitors for epigenetic targets.  The candidate will work with a scientificmentor to develop and carry out biochemical, biophysical, and/or cell-basedassays to characterize potential therapeutic molecules.  Students with a background in biochemistry,molecular or cell biology, biomedical engineering, or a related field will beconsidered.  Candidates should havecompleted 3 years of undergraduate study.   


The responsibilities of theOncology Discovery team member include:

  • Design, execute, interpret andreport in vitro experiments.
  • Assist in developing, executing,and troubleshooting biochemical, biophysical, and cell-based assay
  • Communicate data clearly andconcisely to teams and stakeholders.
  • Monitor, review, and criticallyinterpret published work to guide their own research.
  • Collaboratewith members from other functional areas, including medicinal chemistry, invivo and in vitro pharmacology and genetics.


  • Required: Candidates must be currently pursuing a BS/BA degree in biochemistry, molecular or cell biology, biomedical engineering, or a related field
  • Candidates must be returning to school in Fall of 2018.
  • RequiredExperience:

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to 12 weeks beginning in May or June of 2018
  • Candidates must have completed at least (3) full years of college study by June of 2018
  • Strong desire to develop knowledge of Oncology drug discovery.
  • Experience with basic lab procedures: pipetting, solution preparation, plate assays.
  • Experience with basic mammalian cell culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform accurate data analysis.
  • PreferredExperience:

    • Excellentoral and written communication skills, including preparation of lab reports andpresentations.
    • Strongattention 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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