2019/2020 Vaccine Manufacturing Co-op

Date: Jul 10, 2019

Location: West Point, PA, US

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Requisition ID: ADM010686

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 Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. 

Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

This paid cooperative assignment is for a period of six (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 position will report to vaccine production management and support ongoing operational activities. Given the close interaction with actual GMP manufacturing, candidates need to be prepared to comply with GMP gowning restrictions for some of their activities (e.g. – remove jewelry, remove make-up, remove false nails, etc.).

This position is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Providing on-the-floor support of operational and technical issues; collaborating with the shop floor on a variety of different projects and activities that are critical to ongoing manufacturing of vaccines at the West Point, PA site.
  • Performing deviation investigations aimed to prevent deviation re-occurrence, including determining the root cause, identifying corrective/preventative actions, identifying event scope, and conducting a product impact assessment. Where applicable, complete investigational test protocols to determine root cause, product impact, event scope, etc.
  • Completing projects to improve the performance of our processes and manufacturing performance, including projects aimed at improving Right-First-Time performance or preventing/reducing deviations, and continuous improvement projects that seek to improve yield, reduce cost, or lower our processing cycle times.
  • Supporting team safety, environmental and compliance objectives.
  • Collaboration with the area Managers, Operators/Mechanics, support groups (Maintenance, Automation, Technology, Quality, and Supply Chain).
  • Executing projects and assigned studies in a right-first-time manner.
  • Actively using and championing the use of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) tools, both in problem solving and day-to-day operational activities.
  • Provide progress updates to mentor summarizing the status of the assignments that are underway. 
  • Work with assigned mentor to develop personal and professional skills.
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.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Candidate must be pursuing BS degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Biomedical, or related Engineering discipline, or pursuing a BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Virology, or Business and Engineering. 

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in biologics, vaccine or bulk sterile manufacturing facilities. 
  • Experience using Lean/Six Sigma tools. 
  • Capabilities for managing multiple tasks simultaneously, including leading small projects.
  • Frequently interacts with employees within own and from other departments.

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.


Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: 

Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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