Intern Immunological & molecular tools for Influenza (MSD Animal Health)



MSD is looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious:

Intern Immunological & molecular tools for Influenza

on behalf of the Department Global Swine R&D Biologicals

Merck Animal Health is one of the world's leading companies in the field of veterinary medicines. MSD Animal Health develops and manufactures vaccines and drugs for farm animals, pets and fish. We have offices in over 50 countries and sell our products in more than 140 markets in which we operate in a network of production and R & D sites around the world. MSD is characterized by an open culture with lots of room for own initiative. Your development is central in this internship!

The department of Swine R&D Biologicals in Boxmeer is a part of Global R&D within MSD Animal Health. The main task of the department is to develop innovative vaccines against viral and bacterial diseases in swine. Additionally the department plays a key role in improvement of existing vaccines, development of infectious disease models, and assays / tests needed for the complex multidisciplinary process of vaccine development.

Project and specific activities that the student will be working on:
Swine influenza is widespread and endemic in pig populations world-wide and is responsible for one of the most contagious respiratory diseases in pigs. Swine influenza is caused by Swine Influenza Virus (SIV). In addition to the economic burden of SIV to the swine industry, the zoonotic potential of SIV sometimes leads to serious public health concerns. Presently, we are developing a novel vaccine based on an innovative vaccine platform to fulfill the unmet need of the swine industry. The prospective student will be a part of this project.

The specific activities of student will include but not limited to development, optimization, and validation of immunological and molecular assays that are crucial for evaluating the potency of the vaccine candidates.

Laboratory activities will at least involve cell culture, antigen expression, virus culture, immunofluorescence, imaging, gene sequence analysis, primer design, RT-QPCR, antibody selection, flow cytometry, virus neutralization assays and ELISA.

The activities described above are the basic package and will be conducted often independently after a training period. Upon, own initiative of the intern and/or the request from the organization, these activities can be supplemented with other tasks.

We are looking for a:

  • Highly motivated, eager to learn and open minded student with background in Immunology / Virology / Microbiology / Animal Science or equivalent.
  • Available for 5 days a week for a period of 6-9 months.
  • Basic experience with cell culture, immunological and molecular assays.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Professional attitude, enthusiasm, intellectually curious and ready for a challenging internship in a dynamic & complex industrial environment.

We offer:

  • A multi-disciplinary internship, which allows you to get acquainted and gain experience with many aspects of the field.
  • A challenging and dynamic learning environment with a lot of space for personal development.
  • Professional guidance by an experienced scientist.
  • A placement allowance of € 375 (for HBO) to € 470 (for WO student) gross per month, based on a 40-hour week.

Information & Application:
Are you interested in this internship, please check, online and send your cover letter and resume, or email your cover letter and resume to

For specific information about the internship please contact Dr. Basav H. Nagaraj, email:, Ph: 0485587882. For more general information about the internship please contact by e-mail or by phone: +31 6 25 07 46 30.

The application process may consist of two interviews.