Merck Senior Scientist - Discovery Oncology in Boston, Massachusetts

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.

We are seeking a highly qualified scientist with a strong background in oncology to join our Discovery Oncology team in Boston. The successful candidate will have a track record of innovative and collaborative research, demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications. Primary responsibilities will include designing and carrying out experiments in the lab to build and support projects in the early discovery pipeline. An ability to communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with colleagues in the discovery group as well as scientists from different disciplines will be essential.

The specific responsibilities of the candidate include but are not limited to:

  • Design, conduct, interpret and report in vitro and cellular oncology studies using a wide range of established methodologies.

  • Develop new methods and protocols where needed.

  • Ensure data generated is communicated in a concise, easy to understand manner to the appropriate teams and stakeholders.

  • Monitor, review and critically interpret published work to guide internal research

  • Contribute scientifically to oncology drug discovery research programs, including identification and validation of novel targets.

  • Collaborate with members from other functional areas, including medicinal chemistry, in vivo and in vitro pharmacology and translational sciences.

  • Work with external academic, biotechnology, and contract research organizations.

Education Minimum Requirement: PhD in an area relevant to oncology

Required Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of 1 year of post-doctoral experience in oncology.

  • Deep technical and practical experience in cellular models and pathways of cancer.

  • Candidate should be a strong team player with excellent oral and written communication skills and with a demonstrated ability to work independently to design experiments, interpret data, troubleshoot, and suggest next steps.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of epigenetics, DNA damage repair and/or immuno-oncology.

  • Proven record of innovative thinking to propose and champion new ideas and solve problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a team environment.

  • Prior drug discovery experience.

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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Title: Senior Scientist - Discovery Oncology

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Requisition ID: BIO005193