Senior Scientist, Labeled Compound Synthesis, Process Chemistry

Rahway, NJ, US
January 19 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005768

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. 

Merck is currently seeking an exceptional chemist for a position within the Labeled Compound Synthesis group in Process Chemistry located at our Rahway, NJ site.   The successful candidate is required to synthesize, purify and characterize compounds labelled with stable and radioactive isotopes. These isotopically labelled compounds are essential in the discovery and development of innovative new medicines. 

The successful candidate should be completing their PhD or post-doc in 2018 and have expert knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry, modern separation technologies and spectroscopic methods of analysis, coupled with the ability to apply this expertise to the synthesis of compounds labelled with stable and radioactive isotopes. Experience working with stable and radioactive isotopes is desirable but not required. A working knowledge of the related discipline of drug metabolism is also desired but not required. 

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute specialist knowledge within a multi-disiplinary environment are essential for this Senior Scientist position. The successful candidate must be able to work closely with other departments within and outside Merck Research Laboratories, including Medicinal Chemistry, Process Chemistry and external Custom Manufacturing Organizations (CRO's) when designing and putting into practice labelled compound syntheses. Close collaboration with the Drug Metabolism and Bioanalytical groups, who are major end users of labelled compounds, is also a key part of the position. 



  • PhD in chemistry or graduating with a PhD in 2018


  • Must have conducted outstanding research in his/her field of expertise that may be shared during the interview process.
  • Function well within multidisciplinary teams and possess outstanding communication skills. 
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills 
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills 


  • Experience working with stable and radioactive isotopes is desirable but not required. 
  • Working knowledge of the related discipline of drug metabolism is desired but not required.  
  • A strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and research presentations is a plus.

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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