The Future Talent Program features co-ops that last up to 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. 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.
The Departments of Discovery & Process Research in our Research & Development Division located in Rahway, NJ, Kenilworth, NJ, West Point, PA, Boston, MA, and South San Francisco, CA are seeking co-op students. The co-ops will function as fully integrated members of a project chemistry team. In addition to the discovery and development of synthetic routes to potential drug candidates, the Process Research department is engaged in bio- and chemocatalysis screening and development, laboratory automation, preparative-scale chromatography, and analytical research. Day-to-day research will focus on using techniques in organic chemistry to understand and solve key synthetic challenges of interest to the synthetic community.
The co-ops in Discovery and Process will also participate in departmental and project team meetings to provide a broad perspective on the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. The co-op is responsible for accurate electronic notebook recording, reaction set-up techniques, use of vacuum evaporation devices, thin-layer chromatography, flash chromatography, basic workup procedures, basic Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) interpretation, basic MS interpretation, and safe lab practices. Co-ops will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skillsets via refinement of organic chemistry skills, introduction to new spectroscopic and purification techniques, exposure to problems in process and discovery research, and perspective on the practical aspects of drug development. In addition, the co-op student will have an opportunity to present their research results 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.
**Please note when applying for this position, if the candidate is selected for an interview, the applicant must be prepared to submit letters of recommendation and a brief research statement, and a copy of transcripts.
Required Education & Experience
Candidates must be currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry or chemical biology; OR a currently enrolled graduate student pursuing a Master's or PhD. in chemistry or chemical biology.
Candidates must have completed at least two years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree at the time of co-op start date (early to mid-2022.
Candidates must be available for full-time employment for up to 6 months beginning in early to mid-2022
Candidates must be enrolled in a co-op program at their college or university.
Preferred Experience & Skills:
Candidates should have a significant interest in organic chemistry
Candidates should have basic laboratory skills and research experiences 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.
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Employee Status:Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)
Travel Requirements:No Travel Required
Flexible Work Arrangements:Not Specified
Valid Driving License:No
Hazardous Material(s):General laboratory materials
Number of Openings:4