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Intern - Biology, Life Sciences - BTS 3R

Boxmeer, Netherlands

Job Description

Are you looking for an internship where you are free to take initiative? Would you like to experience working in one of the biggest multinationals in the pharmaceutical industry? We are looking for a fourth-year bachelor or master student in the field of Biology/Applied Life Science who is searching for a challenging internship in our innovative company?

Your internship project

Before a new batch of vaccine can be sold the quality of the batch has to be confirmed by different QC tests. A test which confirms that the concentration and quality of antigen(s) is sufficient is a very important test. Currently, this is often done by vaccination of animals whereafter the induction of an immune response is investigated. The 3R team within our company works on the replacement of animal tests by in vitro potency tests in which the concentration and quality of antigens is investigated by alternative tests such as immunoassays. As an intern you are responsible for the development of immunoassays to quantify antigens such as ELISA, AlphaLISA or Luminex.

Your responsibilities:

  • Selection and characterization of suitable monoclonal antibodies (e.g. western blotting, neutralization assays)

  • Development of immunoassays

  • Pre-validation of assays to demonstrate that the test is specific and that the measured concentration is reliable and independent on the presence of other vaccine components.

The above-mentioned responsibilities are an indication of what you will be doing after proper onboarding and initial learning and development. This provides you with the opportunity to learn and hereafter perform tasks independently. In consultation with your supervisor, you could take on additional tasks and responsibilities.

Who are you?:

  • A fourth-year bachelor or master student Biology/Applied Life Science (or equivalent)

  • A team player with good communication skills

  • You are precise in the execution of experiments and in the documentation of your work

  • You are enthusiastic about learning new techniques and solving technical challenges

  • You are searching for an internship where you have the freedom to take initiative

  • You are fluent in Dutch and English

  • You are available for a period of at least 7 months for 5 days a week

What we offer:
Being an intern at our company means you will work together with a team on healthcare in an international environment. As a student, you will get the opportunity to develop yourself. In addition, we offer:

  • The possibility to gain experience within the pharmaceutical industry

  • The chance to show your potential

  • A challenging and dynamic work environment with lots of space to develop yourself

  • Professional guidance by an experienced specialist

  • A placement fee of € 500,- gross per month (based on a 40-hour week)

Welcome in our team!
Are you enthusiastic about this internship? Apply today and become a part of our team! The team is a relatively small enthusiastic team with colleagues in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and USA. You will be located in Boxmeer.

Animal Health

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

Who we are …

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.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life , Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .




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. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.


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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.

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Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


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Requisition ID: R269275

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