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Merck 2021 Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Excretion Intern in South San Francisco, California

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features internships that lasts up to 12 weeks 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 Absorption, Distribution and Drug Metabolism (ADME) group with in Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism Department in South San Francisco, CA is seeking a summer intern. The ADME group evaluates the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of therapeutic small molecules, peptides and proteins in early discovery through drug development. The intern will contribute to designing in vitro and cell-based assays that will allow us to triage and predict the ADME properties of biologics and/or peptides, and will learn basic concepts of pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD). The intern may also be trained in the following techniques/methods: Fluorescence/Confocal imaging, MSD/ELISA and UPLC-MS/MS. In addition to laboratory skills, the interns will have the opportunity to analyze, interpret and present data in various meeting forums.

We are seeking intern candidates at all levels with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree OR a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a master’s or PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics, Biology, Virology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field.

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (12) consecutive weeks beginning in May or June of 2021.

  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June 2021.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate should have experience with mammalian cell culture (2D and 3D), as well as fluorescence microscopy and image analysis.

  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: Various biochemical assays and molecular biology techniques: SDS-Page, Western blotting, enzyme kinetics, immunoassays (ELISA, etc.), LC-MS/MS.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and collaboration skills along with strengths in delivering results in fast-pace environment.

  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)



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Requisition ID: R103763