Scientist - Host / Pathogen MRL ESC

Cambridge, MA, US
March 08 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: RES002099

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 innovative Biologists/Microbiologists to join the Merck Exploratory Science Center (ESC) in Cambridge, MA. 
  • Become part of a creative and flexible team that will investigate host/pathogen interactions with the ultimate goal of delivering novel therapeutics to address significant unmet medical need in infectious well as broader indications 
  • Leverage advances in the study of host-pathogen interactions and employ new technologies to impact programs.
  • Expertise in growing and working with bacterial and fungal strains, maintaining mammalian cell cultures, DNA cloning, western blotting, ELISA, microscopy and flow cytometry
  • Critical to success are a high degree of organization, a go-getter mentality, as well as advanced experimental capabilities




  • Required:  BS in Microbiology/Biology/Biochemistry or related discipline
  • Preferred: MS in Microbiology
Required Experience:  
  • Minimum  of (2) years Laboratory Research experience in an Academic and/or Industrial setting
  • Bacteria isolation and growth, maintenance of mammalian cell culture
  • Molecular biology: cloning, DNA and RNA purification, qPCR
  • Western blotting, ELISA
  • Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) assays
  Preferred Experience:  
  • Experience working with fungal cultures
  • In-vivo experience with handling, dosing, adoptive transfers, oral gavages
  • Flow cytometry
  • Fluorescence/confocal microscopy
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
 Our employees are the key to our company’s success.  We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.  If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at  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.

Job: Research Science
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Employee Status: Regular
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: Yes
Company Trade Name: Merck

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