Clinical Research Parasitologist (Animal Health) Job

DeSoto, KS, US
February 10 2017
Organization Type
Clinical Research Parasitologist (Animal Health)-CLI005653


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The primary functions of the parasitologist in Clinical Research are to implement and oversee an in-house parasitology laboratory; and to design, conduct, and report internal and external studies that support the development of new companion animal and livestock antiparasitics.

- Designs, implements and reports parasitology studies on ecto- and endo-parasites in both companion and food-producing animals

- Serves as investigator as in-house parasitology studies for development drug candidates and label extensions of approved products

- Ensures compliance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and occasionally Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

- Supports external parasitology studies, as needed

- Maintains contact with the all stakeholders (project leader, RA, Quality Assurance (QA) etc. and keeps them informed of the study progress

- Implements and manages a parasitology laboratory, including rearing and maintaining colonies of ectoparasites and gastrointestinal nematodes

- Trains and manages laboratory technician(s)

- Defines objectives, budgets, resources, timelines associated with the parasitology laboratory

- Supports pre-development activities as required, including implementation of sensitivity assays, evaluation of formulations and dose characterization studies.

- Supports biological activities related to parasitology

- Participates, as required, in meetings with management and/or regulatory agencies to present parasitology topics

- Develops and maintains a network of clinical parasitology and scientific contacts



- PhD or equivalent in veterinary parasitology required

- PhD in veterinary parasitology and DVM preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

- Minimum of (3) years of experience parasitology research, which may include graduate study in a relevant scientific field.

- Familiarity with MS Office programs

- High level of organizational skills

- Ability to complete tasks independently while working collaboratively as part of a team.

- Ability to communicate internally with colleagues representing different disciplines and with external research partners and regulatory agencies.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

- Familiarity with the principles of Good Clinical Practice and Good Laboratory Practice.

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Job: Clinical Research (Non-M.D.)

Job Title:Assoc Prin. Scientist, Clinical Research

Primary Location: NA-US-KS-DeSoto

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Hazardous Materials: Helminths, acari and insects

Company Trade Name:Merck

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