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Merck 2022 Global Vaccines & Biologics Commercialization Co-Op in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

The Future Talent Program features Cooperative (Co-op) education that lasts up to 6 months and will include one or more projects. These opportunities in our Manufacturing & Development Divison can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

Global Vaccines & Biologics Commercialization Co-Op:

The Future Talent Program features co-operative assignments that last up to 6 months and will include one or more projects. These opportunities can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

This experience will provide you with a great opportunity to develop yourself both technically and professionally. You will get an opportunity to work alongside scientists and engineers in late-stage process development and commercialization. You will get to engage our business and culture to see if we are the right company for your long-term career goals.

About Us:

Global Vaccines & Biologics Commercialization (GVBC) is responsible for advancing our growing pipeline of large molecules. This includes the planning and execution of process development studies to support the design & characterization of commercial-scale processes. The organization is also responsible for technology transfer to commercial manufacturing sites. We support process validation, regulatory approval, and the initial launch of our new products.

GVBC includes three departments listed below. The intent is to have one co-op assigned to each department.

  • Biologics Process Development & Commercialization (Kenilworth, NJ and North Wales, PA), is focused on the commercialization of biological drug substance

  • Sterile Liquids Commercialization (West Point, PA) - is focused on the commercialization of sterile drug products, including biologics, vaccines, and sterile small molecules

  • Vaccines Process Development & Commercialization (West Point, PA) focuses on late-stage process development, technology transfer, and in-line support of vaccines drug substance manufacturing

This position is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Designing and executing process development and characterization studies.

  • Authoring technical protocols for studies, including ensuring the appropriate design of experiments (DoE), sample size selection, and acceptance criteria.

  • Managing sample submission and tracking. Employing statistical tools and methods to analyze results

  • Authoring technical reports that can be used as source documentation for regulatory filings

  • Participation in development teams (working group)

  • Presenting study results and conclusions at team (working group) and department meetings

  • Ensuring technical information is clearly understood and integrated into decision making

  • Supporting computational modeling work

  • Authoring or performing second-person review (SPR) for high-quality regulatory submissions

  • Ensuring safety when performing experiments in the lab and documentation compliance when performing technical writing

  • Contributing to a culture of high performance, out of the box thinking, innovation and learning, empowerment, diversity, and inclusion

This is a full- time Co-Op position. A housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidate must be pursuing a BS degree in Chemical, Biochemical, Biomedical, or related Engineering discipline.

  • Candidates must be available for a duration of 4 – 6 months, with a start date between Jan 3rd and Mar 28th, 2022.

  • Candidates must have strong communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Candidates should have hands-on laboratory experience in biologics or vaccine research.

  • Candidates should have experience using Lean/Six Sigma tools.

  • Candidates should have capabilities for managing multiple tasks simultaneously, including leading small projects.

  • Candidates should have experience with software such as Excel, JMP, Minitab, and MATLAB.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high-quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, the 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


Not Indicated

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Requisition ID: R144712