Senior Specialist, Solutions Research & Data Science

Austin, TX, US
February 15 2018
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Requisition ID: INF004793

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 125-year legacy. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Information Technology organization partners with colleagues across the business to help serve our patients and customers around the world. Ours is a high energy team of dynamic, innovative individuals dedicated to advancing Merck’s contribution to global medical innovation by leveraging information and technology to efficiently advance the business by driving revenue and productivity.

How will you invent the future?

As a Senior Specialist at Merck’s Austin IT HUB, you will be part of inventing tomorrow. Our Innovative centers are where great people come together and deliver solutions that save and improve lives.

We are seeking a computer scientist for Merck’s Computer Science Research and Development organization. This organization brings together many disciplines of computer science, including large-scale data architecture and parallel processing, in-memory and precompute paradigms, secure design, application development, user interaction, and data science and visualization. Technical skills are necessary to ensure rapid progress can be made in each important technical area.

In this role, the candidate will be identifying and delivering new capabilities to process heterogeneous data more quickly and easily, combine and connect that data with less human intervention, express and apply appropriate rules of use more naturally, and create new pathways through the data that gives scientists and medical practitioners better ways to navigate through hypotheses. As such, the candidate will interact directly with professionals and practitioners across life sciences.

A significant part of our strategy is to observe, diagnosis and explore problems that will lead us to discover new approaches and solutions through experiments, assessment and verification. Core principles for our design include scalability, automation and learning from data and user behavior. Solution design should continually be challenged and improved through exposure to new use cases and unexpected interaction. The candidate must be enthusiastic in exploring new technical approaches to address unsolved problems across life sciences and healthcare and show a willingness and creativity to discover new challenges and possibilities as they arise. This position offers the opportunity to express new ideas through academic papers and presentations. The candidate must also be able to identify and protect intellectual property.

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.

This position will report to the Director of Computer Science Research and Development in IT Planning and Innovation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify, capture and communicate the unmet problems of users (e.g., scientists, practitioners) as needs, assumptions, and opportunities for solutions and services.
  • Analyze, assess, and experiment to develop and create novel solutions using modern development tools, methodologies, and services.
  • Maintain and improve existing architecture, applications and data processing systems, while evolving the services to meet future needs.
  • Differentiate between ideas that should be published and shared and ideas that should be protected as intellectual property.
Austin IT Hub



  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent

  • Minimum of  5 years of experience in hands-on data science, software development of applications, services, and software delivery experience.
  • Familiarity with data processing, data science, and applied machine learning and statistical analytic approaches to data.
  • Familiarity with modern development tools, frameworks and methodologies.
  • Highly-adaptable to new approaches and willingness to challenge constraints.

  • Understand and apply modern software development and design skills to important new capabilities that provides data processing and network analysis.
  • Experience working with a development team and managing shared code.
  • Application prototyping and UX design.
  • Familiarity with modern web development and full stack development .
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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