Merck Senior Scientist, Genetics in West Point, Pennsylvania

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

An impressive portfolio of antibiotic and antifungal medicines, antiviral therapies for HIV and HCV, and both adult and pediatric vaccines speaks to the company’s long-standing commitment to combat infectious disease. Merck Genetics and Pharmacogenomics (GpGx) is recruiting for a Senior Scientist to contribute to our organization’s efforts in fighting infectious disease to decrease the overall burden of infection on global health. GpGx is part of the larger Translational Medicine Department at Merck and has the unique opportunity to contribute to Discovery, Translational, and Clinical Research. The Discovery Pharmacogenomics Senior Scientist will serve as a technical and scientific liaison to Merck’s renowned Vaccines and Infectious Disease research team. As such, he or she will work collaboratively with the therapeutic area to apply cutting-edge genomic technologies and bioinformatics to enable the identification of novel drug targets, the discovery of new biomarkers, and the elucidation of mechanisms of action to advance the company’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and vaccine programs. The Senior Scientist will be expected to use his or her technical and subject matter expertise to effectively design experiments and perform statistical and/or pathway and network analyses with a strong focus on biological interpretation and application to drug development. The incumbent will communicate results to the program teams and therapeutic area leadership, spearheading both internal and peer-reviewed publications and presentations. The position will require interactions within Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, with disease area biologists, and with an array of other internal and external stakeholders; thus applicants must be team-oriented, with the ability to establish key partnerships and thrive in an inclusionary, integrated, and multidisciplinary work environment.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Ph.D Degree with 1-3 years experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • This is a non-wet lab position, so strong verbal and written communication skills and a solid background in the design, analysis and interpretation of data from genomic studies are necessities.

  • Experience with data analysis platforms such as MatLab, R, or OmicSoft is required.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • A background in Infectious Diseases (virology, microbiology and/or vaccinology), Immunology or Oncology is preferable, as the new hire will be asked to interface with one or all of these Therapeutic areas on a frequent basis.

  • A working knowledge of systems biology, population genetics, and/or viral evolution will be viewed favorably, as will any experience in the design and analysis of experiments targeting the immune repertoire or microbiome.

  • Familiarity with drug discovery across multiple modalities (e.g., small molecule, biologic, cell-based therapy)

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Other Locations: NA-US-MA-Boston

Title: Senior Scientist, Genetics

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: INF004851