2022 Protein Science Purification Group Co-op

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 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 Purification group at our company's Research Laboratories located in South San Francisco is looking for a co-op who will work collaboratively in a team environment to help increase our throughput by setting up liquid handler(s) for purifying, performing reduction, oxidation, and conjugation reactions on biologics.

The successful candidate will have a working understanding of protein purification and characterization techniques with strong academic performance, and communication skills. The candidate is expected to work effectively within the purification team, to be able to follow standard purification procedures, maintain detailed records, and assist in the preparation and uploading of purification and characterization reports to the database. The co-op will participate in departmental and project team meetings to gain broader perspective on the drug discovery process in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the co-op will have an opportunity to present their results. During your co-op, you will work closely with senior scientist(s) to:
  • Program a TECAN liquid handler to optimize high throughput purification, reduction, and oxidation of antibodies.
  • Perform various biochemical techniques to characterize the molecules and determine if the reaction was successful.
  • Develop an alternative method using magnetic beads for handling larger volumes.

Required Education and Experience:
  • Candidate must be a currently enrolled undergraduate junior or senior student pursuing a Bachelor's degree or a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a Maters or PhD in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (6) months.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Candidate should have basic laboratory skills in biochemistry, and experience with basic biochemistry techniques such as buffer preparation, SDS-PAGE analysis, protein purification.
  • Experience with HPLC, lab automation, and programming is a plus.
  • Candidate 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 ...

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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Travel Requirements:
No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:
Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R146508