2019 MRL Chemistry Co-Op

Date: Jan 4, 2019

Location: Boston, MA, US

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Requisition ID: ADM009822

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. 

Merck Research Lab’s Discovery Chemistry Department in Boston, MA is seeking an undergraduate co-op student who will work collaboratively in a team environment at our state-of-the-art organic synthesis laboratory to invent novel chemical reactions relevant to the synthesis of drug-like molecules. Day-to-day research for the co-op will focus on solving key challenges in reaction design utilizing the latest advances in organic synthesis.


The co-op will also participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the co-op will be responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording, reaction set-up techniques, use of vacuum evaporation devices, thin-layer chromatography, flash chromatography, basic workup procedures, basic NMR interpretation, basic MS interpretation, and safe lab practices. Co-ops will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skill sets via refinement of organic chemistry skills, introduction to new spectroscopic and purification techniques, exposure to problems in discovery research, and perspective on the practical aspects of drug development. In addition, co-ops will have opportunities to present results of their research in both oral and written formats.


We are seeking co-op candidates with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment. Basic laboratory skills are preferred.

This is a full- time co-op position. Housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.


  • Required: Candidates must be a currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior student pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry or chemical biology.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (6) consecutive months beginning in summer of 2019.
  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward bachelor’s degree by June of 2019.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have significant interest in organic chemistry.
  • Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experience, such as: electronic notebook recording, reaction set-up techniques, use of vacuum evaporation devices, purification techniques such as thin-layer chromatography, flash chromatography, HPLC, recrystallization, and distillation, basic workup procedures, basic NMR interpretation, basic MS interpretation, and safe lab practices.
  • Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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 assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.


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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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Company Trade Name: Merck

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