Sr. Scientist, Chemistry

West Point, PA, US
March 22 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005877

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 exceptional synthetic chemists for positions within the West Point, PA Chemistry Department.  A successful candidate will be joining multidisciplinary, highly collaborative discovery teams to invent novel medicines with broad deliverables ranging from of innovative synthetic chemistry to analysis of diverse data sets to build structure-activity relationships.  The successful candidate will generate novel, testable hypotheses to enable clear decision making for molecule design or route invention. 

Furthermore, he/she will help identify and validate new targets through chemistry. Additional responsibilities will include training and mentoring of team members as well as collaborative engagement with the external scientific community.  Success across this spectrum of activities will necessitate the application of the latest advances in synthetic and medicinal chemistry and the development of innovative approaches to address new chemistry challenges. To accomplish the above, the successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills in a team environment.



  • Ph.D.  in chemistry, biochemistry or related field.  Anticipated attainment of Ph.D. in 2018 matching noted criteria is also acceptable.


  • Experience in synthetic organic chemistry methodology/catalysis, total synthesis, or physical organic chemistry. 
  • A proven track record of solving complex synthetic chemistry problems. 
  • Experience in synthesis, purification and analytical characterization including HPLC, MS, NMR, and biophysical methods.


  • Ability to mine scientific literature and databases
  • Ability to train team members in aspects of chemical synthesis
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills in a team environment

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: Chemistry
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Employee Status: Regular
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: Laboratory chemicals necessary for drug development
Company Trade Name: Merck

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