Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Associate/Scientist Job

Cambridge, MA, US
March 22 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Associate/Scientist:RES001842


The Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) Exploratory Science Center (ESC) Cambridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and Co., is focused on driving early discovery research. Co-located with Merck’s Cambridge Innovation Hub, the ESC’s disease-area-agnostic research agenda fosters hands-on collaboration between our scientists and external academic and biotech researchers to access and explore the most promising emerging science.

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 a fast-paced, nimble and flexible environment of mutual respect, creativity, invention and teamwork. With access to Merck’s proven global R&D organization, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

We are seeking an innovative and experienced chemical biologist to join the Merck Exploratory Science Center (ESC) in Cambridge, MA.

The successful candidate will become part of a creative and fast-paced team that will discover novel therapeutics targeting one of two (2) initial areas:

- Interaction of the microbiome and host with the ultimate goal of delivering novel therapeutics to address significant unmet medical need in multiple therapeutic areas

- Novel prophylactic or therapeutic interventions to address significant unmet medical need in infectious disease.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone seeking scientific and career growth in a multidisciplinary area of drug discovery.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

- Leverage advances in chemical biology to impact ESC programs

- The candidate will be part of a cross-functional team contributing to the strategic direction of research programs across multiple therapeutic modalities

- Will be responsible for development and execution of cell-based and biochemical assays critical to project objectives

- Act as a leader from the bench, driving program and chemical biology strategy and execution

- Provide scientific mentoring and technical training of team members




- Required: B.S. with 4 years of experience or M.S. in Chemical Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Cell and Molecular, Biomedical Sciences or related discipline

Required Experience:

- Cell assay development, including experience with high content, image-based screening, data analysis and interpretation of results

- Independent experimental design and execution of experiments

- Rigorous scientific thinking and a proven track record of driving the advancement of Drug Discovery programs

- Effective written and oral communication skills

- History of publication in peer-reviewed journals

Preferred Experience:

- MS and 2+ years Pharmaceutical industry experience in Drug Discovery

Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Cambridge

Job Type: Full Time

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Hazardous Materials: Yes

Company Trade Name:Merck

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