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Structural and Protein Chemistry Co-op



Rahway, NJ, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Job Description

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.

We are seeking a 6-month Co-op to join our Structural Chemistry group in the Protein and Structural Chemistry (PSC) department within Discovery Chemistry. Our group utilizes multidisciplinary approaches to discover, optimize, and characterize biologics crystallization conditions suitable for structural, drug delivery and manufacturing applications and advance our drug development pipeline and ultimately help improve the lives of patients.

The Co-op will have the opportunity to work in a protein crystallization lab supporting discovery chemistry, sterile formulations and bioprocess needs. They will have the chance to learn about late-stage drug development from a biochemical perspective and master the laboratory skills needed to deliver high-quality biologics reagents to support therapeutic development programs. Techniques may include biologics sample processing and quantification techniques, discovery crystallization screening (HT screening, imaging) and optimization processing techniques (translation processes to formulation or bioprocesses needs), and crystal characterization (SONICC; protein and crystallinity ID).

The Co-op will fully participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. Co-ops will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skill sets via exposure to problems in discovery research, and perspective on the practical aspects of drug development. In addition, Co-ops will have opportunities to internally present results of their research in both oral and written formats. This position is a full time, lab-based position and will be located at our Rahway, NJ research site.

The Co-op will be responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording, use of laboratory equipment for purification and biophysical characterization, and safe lab practices.

Required Education and Skills:

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a relevant field of study.

  • Candidates must be available to work full-time for 6 months beginning in summer of 2024.

  • Candidates must have research lab experience.

  • Candidates must be highly organized, motivated, and have strong analytical and communication skills.

  • Candidates must have the ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented setting and contribute to the inclusive culture of the group.

Preferred Experience:

  • Candidates should be experienced in protein crystallization and/or biophysical techniques

We recognize that the diversity in our team is our strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Successful candidates must demonstrate inclusive behaviors in working with a diverse group of scientists to drive our core mission.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


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Job Posting End Date:07/08/2024

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Requisition ID:R298096