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2022 Computational Biology Co-Op Recruitment at Merck

2022 Computational Biology Co-Op Recruitment at Merck

2022 Computational Biology Co-Op Recruitment at Merck. 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.

2022 Merck ESC Computational Biology Co-Op, Cambridge, MA

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States Of America

Employment Type: Full Time

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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 & Development Divison can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals. Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities, and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

Our company’s Exploratory Science Center (ESC) in Cambridge provides a unique experience to contribute to our company’s drug discovery efforts at one of the earliest stages of the process.  To this end, we strive to create a fast-paced, nimble, and flexible environment of mutual respect, creativity, invention, and teamwork.  Co-op students will be part of a highly collaborative and innovative scientific culture with the ultimate goal of learning new biology, chemistry, and technology that drives therapeutic development. Students will be exposed to software engineering, immunology, microbiology, chemical biology, synthetic chemistry, and bioactive discovery both within our company’s Exploratory Science Center and other sites across the country.  With access to our company’s proven global R&D organization, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

This co-op position will involve the design, development, and implementation of a defective viral genome detection pipeline. The student will work in conjunction with a team of computational biologists, molecular biologists, and software engineers to learn to effectively detect defective viral genomes in biological samples, develop and utilize code, and work with biological data and analytical tools.

Co-op Position Commitment: 6 Months: January – June 2022

Required Education & Experience:

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computational biology, microbiology, or a related field, OR a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a master’s or PhD. in computational biology, microbiology, or a related field.
  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for up to (12) consecutive weeks beginning in January of 2022.
  • Candidates must have completed at least (2) years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree by January 2022.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the US

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Candidates should have familiarity with R or Python.
  • Candidates should have familiarity with HPC or AWS computing
  • Candidates should have familiarity with molecular biology and/or bioinformatics.
  • Candidates should have previous microbiology/virology experience.
  • Candidates should be highly passionate and driven to learn new skills.
  • Candidates should have strong collaboration and communication skills.

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.



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