VetJobs - The Leading Military Job Board

Job Information

Merck 2024 University Recruiting - Device Development (PSCS) - Co-op in Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features Co-ops that last up to six (6) months and will include one or more projects.  These opportunities in our Research Labs can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences & Clinical Supplies (PSCS) organization is a Global R&D division of our company Research Labs (MRL) whose responsible for translating therapeutic agents into a functional drug & combination products that are optimized for patients’ benefit. The mission of the Device Development (DD) group (within PSCS) is to discover, develop and commercialize superior inhaled, nasal and parenteral medical delivery devices supporting vaccines, biologics and small molecules requiring challenging and unique delivery routes.

We are seeking Co-op candidates with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment. The Co-ops will 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 student will have an opportunity to present their research results in both oral and written formats. During your Co-op appointment you will work closely with & be mentored by an experienced pharmaceutical industry scientist on a research project or projects. We have two (2) Co-op positions for 2024 at our Rahway, NJ site which will focus on (1) Human Factors (HF) Engineering, and (2) device & combination product characterization.

Location: Rahway, NJ

This is a full-time Co-op position.

Position Qualifications :

Requirements for Human Factors (HF) Co-op:

  • Must be enrolled in a college/institution and pursuing a degree in Human Factors, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Usability Engineering, Biomechanics, Cognitive Science, or equivalent (M.S. and Ph.D. candidates are strongly preferred).

  • Availability for up to a 6-month internship/co-op rotation at Rahway, NJ

  • Ability to apply user-centered design, human factors, and risk management principles to product research, development, and design

  • Proven experience in conducting literature reviews as well as experience in selecting and implementing appropriate human factors/user experience research methodologies (e.g., user interviews, survey design, research study design)

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large quantities of information into usable communications, literature reviews and/or presentations

  • Demonstrated analytical skills and aptitude for quickly picking up advanced domain knowledge

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, formal presentation) and proven ability to collaborate with and across various multidisciplinary teams within the organization

  • Knowledge of medical devices, pharmaceutical, healthcare, or similar regulated industry, is a significant plus

Requirements for Device & Combination Product Characterization Co-op:

  • Must be enrolled in a college/institution and pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Design, or equivalent field (M.S. and Ph.D. candidates are strongly preferred).

  • Availability for up to a 6-month Co-op at Rahway, NJ site

  • Solid medical device and/or combination product testing knowledge

  • Fundamental analytical characterization skills, i.e. test method development

  • Ability to work independently in a laboratory setting, including awareness of standard laboratory safety practices

  • Experience with mechanical testing, imaging, and measurement equipment and techniques. Including, but not limited to, tensile/compression testing, surface characterization, x-ray computed tomography, rheometry, and microscopy.

  • Excellent collaboration, ideation, and prototyping skills, including developing proof of concepts, working prototypes and conducting functional testing.

  • Experience with 3D CAD (e.g. Solidworks), geometric tolerancing and stack-up analysis.

  • Fluency in finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, formal presentation) and proven ability to collaborate with and across various multidisciplinary teams within the organization

  • Knowledge of medical devices, pharmaceutical, healthcare, or similar regulated industry, is a significant plus

Under New York City, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:




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.

Current Employees apply HERE ($1533/rel-task/3001$14.htmld)

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE ($4020.htmld)

US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here ( if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. For more information about personal rights under the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment laws, visit:

EEOC Know Your Rights (

EEOC GINA Supplement​

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination (

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively.

Learn more about your rights, including under California, Colorado and other US State Acts (

U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:



1st - Day

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):


Requisition ID: R259502