2022 Biologics Characterization and Developability Intern

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 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.

The Protein Sciences Department within the Discovery Biologics organization in South San Francisco is looking for a passionate summer intern with experience in analytical characterization of Biologics. The successful candidate is expected to have knowledge and experience in protein chemistry and common analytical methods. Candidate will primarily perform lab-based work to develop new analytical method or new assays for therapeutic antibody characterization.

  • Perform biophysical characterization for biologics using common analytical methods such as SEC, HIC, DSF, etc.
  • Help to develop new analytical methods and/or optimize existing methods.
  • Analyze and interpret characterization data and deliver results through presentations
  • Organize and document data in an electronic lab notebook (ELN)

Required Education and Experience/Skills:
  • Candidates must be currently pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. in biochemistry or related fields.
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to 12 consecutive weeks beginning in May/June
  • Candidates must have strong background in protein characterization, biophysics, and biochemistry
  • Candidates must have hands-on experience with chromatography-based analytical instruments such as Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Reverse phase chromatography (RP), Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC)
  • Candidates must be highly organized and have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidates must have ability to follow written procedures and deliver complex objectives

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Candidates should have good understanding of biologics such as monoclonal antibody (mAb)
  • Candidates should have hands-on experience with Agilent HPLC and Waters UPLC systems

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 ...

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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Employee Status:
Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)

No relocation

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No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:
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Requisition ID:R147084