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CAREERS

Learn why Mercurna is the place to be for you

Working at Mercurna
.. to do great science and improve human health

Are you a passionate scientist with a desire to build life-changing medicines? Do you have innovative ideas about targeted medicines, therapeutic mRNA or novel disease targets? Do you want to explore the vast opportunities of a new type of medicine?

Then Mercurna might be the place to be for you!

The modular nature of the nanoparticle drugs that we are building at Mercurna allows you to test innovative therapeutic concepts quickly and explore new molecular targets, without the need to re-design or re-test other parts of the system. The research engine that we are setting up supports short timelines and rapid innovation cycles.

Our flat organization allows you to take the lead in your project and affords ample opportunities to develop your career within our rapidly growing company. Because we strongly believe in the value of cross-disciplinary involvement during the entire drug-development cycle, you have the opportunity to manage your pet-project from bench to bedside.

Join us, in our pursuit of the next life-changing medicine!

Do you want to learn more about nanomedicine? Do you want to learn how to develop new drugs? Are you curious about the newest techniques being used to develop life-changing medicines? Are you wondering about the differences between academia and industry? Are you considering starting your own science-based company in the future?

Then, Mercurna might be a good place for you to learn!

As science-based company, we are striving to develop the best medicines known to man. Therefore, we continuously look for and work with the latest technologies and state-of-the-art knowledge in nanomedicine. Through your own project and our weekly meetings, you will learn all about this.
As a start-up, our innerworkings are quite visible and our decision process democratic. Doing your internship at Mercurna, you will be submerged in the start-up scene and see many different roles and positions in action. A good opportunity for you to think about your own career.

Join Mercurna for your Master-internship and learn about science, entrepreneurship and drug development from a dynamic, young and approachable team.

Learning at Mercurna
.. about science, entrepreneurship and drug development

Positions currently available at Mercurna

New Position available: Post-doctoral Researcher 
Development of mRNA-based drugs for eye disease

In this project, funded through the Horizon 2020 program InnoSup-02, the candidate will work on the identification of novel therapeutic targets, design of therapeutic mRNA and testing of novel mRNA-based formulations for one or more eye diseases. The flexible nature of the project plan and flat organisation of our company give the candidate the opportunity to play a decisive role in shaping the scientific and strategic direction of the project and contribute to the long-term success of the therapeutic strategy.

Internships currently available at Mercurna

New Internship available: Master-student 
Optimization of mRNA expression

In this project, you will work on the next generation of Mercurna’s proprietary sequence modification algorithm for enhanced mRNA translation into therapeutic protein.

Your daily activities will include modification of the algorithm (you do need to know how to code, although familiarity with R is a plus), designing new mRNA sequences, cloning those novel sequences, in vitro transcription and purification of mRNA, transfection into mammalian cells and read-out of protein expression by specialized assay (e.g. luciferase assay), western blot, microscopy or flowcytometry.

Your results will contribute to the development of new mRNA-based drugs, with even higher potency. A higher protein production per delivered mRNA means lower doses can be used, which in turn reduce the cost of medicine and reduce the chance of side-effects.

The internship is available per 1 November 2019. Starting in December 2019 or Januari 2020 is also possible.