Merck Senior Scientist, Peptide Discovery Chemistry 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.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the design, synthesis, purification and characterization of peptide or macrocycle drug candidates in target validation, hit-to-lead and lead optimization projects. In this role, the incumbent will engage in synthetic and medicinal chemistry problem solving and work with team members to drive progress. He/She will collaborate across disciplines to analyze diverse data sets to build structure-activity relationships. Furthermore, the incumbent will have collaborative engagement with the external scientific community. As a Senior Scientist, the candidate will have collaborative engagement with the external scientific community and make direct contributions to our organization’s external reputation., The successful candidate must also have excellent interpersonal, cross functional collaboration and communication skills.

Education Minimum Requirement: Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or related field with experience in peptide or macrocycle synthesis. Anticipated attainment of Ph.D. in 2019 matching noted criteria is also acceptable.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in peptide or macrocycle synthesis, purification and analytical characterization including HPLC, MS and biophysical methods

  • A strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and research presentations

  • Ability to mine scientific literature and databases

  • Ability to train team members in aspects of chemical synthesis, including peptide chemistry

  • Experience in communication and collaboration skills in a team environment

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, Peptide Discovery Chemistry

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: CHE006051