2018 MRL Pharmacology Intern - WP Job

West Point, PA, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: ADM008743

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. 

As part of Merck’s Future Talent Program, the Pharmacology department in Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), West Point site invites applications for an intern position during the summer of 2018.

The Pharmacology Infectious Diseases support team is looking for an exceptionally talented and motivated student. Working alongside experienced pharmaceutical industry scientists, the successful candidate will contribute to the discovery of novel anti-infective drugs.   The primary responsibilities of the group are to design, develop, and execute in vitro assays to evaluate and characterize drug candidates from antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and/or vaccine development programs.  This opportunity provides hands-on experience in a fast-paced drug discovery environment and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

The successful candidate will:

  • Execute in vitro assays to assess inhibition of bacterial growth by small molecules utilizing a range of state of the art technology platforms and laboratory automation

  • Work with industry-standard data analysis tools and record keeping, including electronic lab books

  • Communicate data progress at internal meetings; give a verbal presentation at the completion of training; participate in scientific exchange with Merck scientists

The position will be located at Merck Research Laboratories in West Point, Pennsylvania.

If you are the kind of individual who thrives on challenge and possesses the technical, leadership and business skills that are of value to the Merck Research Laboratories, we invite you to apply.



  • Required: Candidates must be currently enrolled in a full-time BS/BA degree program in microbiology, bacteriology, biology, biochemistry, or a related scientific discipline

  • Candidates must be returning to school in the Fall of 2018.

  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) college-level courses in biology by May 30, 2018.

  • Required Experience:

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for 9-12 weeks beginning in May or June of 2018

  • Candidates must possess superior verbal and written communication skills.

  • Candidates must have a demonstrated record of strong academic achievement, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Candidates must be able to work independently in a multi-functional, team-oriented environment.

  • Preferred Experience:

  • A background in microbiology or bacteriology.

  • Previous laboratory experience.

  • Prior experience in molecular biology.

  • Self-motivated and highly organized.

  • A letter of reference from a professor is highly recommended; you may attach it in the same section of the profile as your resume when applying online.

    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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