Associate Principal Scientist Pharmacology Job

Boston, MA, US
March 06 2017
Organization Type
Associate Principal Scientist Pharmacology:PHA001369


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.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced scientist with a strong background in In Vivo Pharmacology to join our Pharmacology Department at MRL-Boston. The successful candidate is expected to have strong experience in Oncology Pharmacology and drive scientific excellence by establishing best practices in Model Development, In Vivo efficacy, PK/PD, and non-GLP tolerability studies while serving as a key intellectual contributor in the conception and implementation of new projects. The role will involve significant interaction and collaboration within the company and with external partners and will require the ability to maintain positive collaborations of this nature. The selected candidate will report to the Director of In Vivo Pharmacology and is expected to work in the laboratory as needed.

The successful candidate will have a track record of innovative and collaborative research as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications in oncology and/or tumor immunotherapy. They will perform experiments using preclinical species to support the discovery of novel compounds for the treatment of cancer. Experience in managing external studies at CROs and at academic collaborators is a plus. An ability to communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with colleagues in the pharmacology department as well as scientists from different disciplines is essential.



- PhD with at least 4 years of experience in oncology drug discovery.


- Experience using preclinical models to evaluate the pharmacology of novel cancer drugs
- A minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral experience; at least 2 years industry experience is preferred
- 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
- Proven skills in leading small scientific teams


- Experience with syngeneic tumor models and genetically engineered mouse models of cancer to support the development of novel tumor immunotherapy programs
- Experience managing external projects, including study design, data and sample management
- Experience in Cell Biology, Cell Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology focused on oncology or tumor immunology

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Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Job Type: Full Time

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Relocation Provided: Domestic (within country) and International

Company Trade Name:Merck

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