Student placement – Research Assistant -Cell Biology

Job Details:

This role will be based in London on an Office based working arrangement.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target.

This is an opportunity to join our talented and dedicated biology team at the Discovery Centre laboratories located in the London Business Innovation Centre near King’s Cross London as a placement student and help build a strong foundation for success in your scientific future.

The London-based facility combines our leading drug discovery capabilities and world-class research and development expertise with the best of the regions’ talent and has a mission of turning breakthrough science into meaningful and impactful medicines.​


  • Carry out experiments on stem cells and glial cells to look at the biochemistry and signaling in neurodegeneration with a particular emphasis on neurogenesis and cellular senescence
  • Support in developing new assays, models, and methods
  • Oral and written communication of data in a clear and concise manner
  • Monitor and review published work to guide internal research
  • Help the team with general laboratory duties, such as ordering and cell line checks

Technical Specifications

  • You will be looking to complete a 12-month student internship as part of your undergraduate degree.
  • Studying a Biological sciences degree (or equivalent qualification)
  • Good understanding of molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry
  • Practical laboratory experience desirable but not essential
  • Understanding of statistical analysis desirable

Qualities we look for:

  • Operates with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Comprehends and aligns with our organization’s core values
  • Aligns and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrates initiative, proactivity and academic curiosity
  • Encourages and boosts their colleagues through teamwork
  • Demonstrates clear and effective communication
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and improve their performance through feedback

How to Apply: 

Please complete the online application form, uploading your CV and a cover letter answering these questions (please upload your CV and cover letter as one document): 

  • What has motivated you to apply to our company and why this role (Up to 400 words)? 

Our standard early talent recruitment process is: An online application, an online assessment and then a final assessment. 

Provisional final assessment dates will be held from November 2023 


18th October 11:59pm.

PLEASE NOTE: the role may close before this deadline if over subscribed so please apply as soon as possible.

Next Steps

In the event of your successful progression to the next stage, one of our early talent team will contact you within two – three weeks of the application closing date. 

Start Date:

June 2024

Equal Opportunity Employer: 

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. 

Company Overview:

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader committed to enhancing the lives of individuals through a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology treatments, life-saving vaccines, and animal health products. Our unwavering dedication to delivering innovative solutions is the driving force behind everything we do. With a team of over 70,000 employees spread across 140+ countries, we offer state-of-the-art laboratories and inspiring offices designed to foster growth and development in our team members.

With 125+ years of service and a record of being one of the world’s foremost investors in research and development, we take pride in our legacy of cultivating breakthrough advances that shape the future of healthcare


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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. 

Employee Status:Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


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Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: London

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