Immunology Genomics Scientist Job

Boston, MA, US
September 11 2017
Organization Type
Immunology Genomics Scientist-BIO004926


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 Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (I3) team within the Genetics and Pharmacogenomics (GpGx) department at MRL is currently seeking a scientist with strong expertise in the human genetic and genomic basis of immune function at our MRL – Boston site. Our mission in GpGx is to identify and functionally validate novel targets anchored in human genetics that will enter Merck’s drug discovery pipeline for therapeutic intervention.

Primary responsibilities of the candidate include, but are not limited to:

- Integrate data from population-scale genetic and genomic cohorts as well as diverse types of genetic and non-genetic biomedical data including but not limited to gene expression, eQTL, pQTL, and epigenetics to identify causal genetic targets for immunoncology applications or immunological diseases.

- Formulate and initiate functional validation studies of immunological targets in collaboration with experimental scientists and clinical researchers.

- Work with cross-functional teams within and outside GpGx including disease area biologists, pharmacologists, and chemists, for development of immunology targets across the early discovery pipeline.

- Display strong collaboration and communication skills to interface effectively with a wide range of subject matter experts in Merck GpGx, Discovery, and Clinical groups, as well as external communities.



- PhD, MD, or MD/PhD


- Proven track record and understanding of human genetics and genomics

- Academic or industry postdoctoral experience preferably in immunobiology, oncology, genetics, immunological diseases, or a related field.

- Functional understanding of immune biology in oncology and/or immune disease

- Strong understanding of clinical/pathobiological functional readouts in immune diseases or immune cell biology

- Strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.

Preferred :

- Background in statistical analysis of functional biology and/or pharmacogenomics.

- Insights into experimental immunobiology and validation experiments with disease-relevant in-vitro or in-vivo immune model systems.

- Effective contributions to collaborative projects involving cross-disciplinary and global teams.

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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Job: Bioinformatics

Job Title:Sr. Scientist, Bioinformatics

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: No

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Company Trade Name:Merck

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