Senior Scientist, Informatics & Analytics

Boston, MA, US
May 09 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: INF004792

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 Senior Scientist, Oncology Bioinformatics will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to the discovery of new cancer medicines. The successful candidate will work with scientists in the Oncology and Immuno-Oncology Therapeutic Area to design large-scale molecular profiling experiments and rigorously analyze biological data sets, in order to elucidate mechanism of action, suggest novel combinations, and discover biomarkers of response.


Responsibilities of the position include:


Statistically rigorous design of preclinical genomic experiments

Quality control, exploration and rigorous analysis of high-dimensional genomic data

Integration of diverse data sets (public and proprietary) to generate novel insights

Documentation of methods and findings to ensure reproducibility

Clear communication of findings to project teams




    PhD, MS with 4+ years of experience in an industrial setting, or BS with 7+ years of relevant industry experience.

    Degree should be in Bioinformatics, Statistics, or a related field, or in Molecular Biology, Immunology, or a related discipline with demonstrated skills in data analysis.Fluency in at least one data analysis language (R preferred) and at least one scripting language (Python preferred).Expertise with genomic data analysis methods (e.g., unsupervised and supervised learning, pathway analysis, network analysis), and in fundamentals of biostatisticsExcellent oral and written communication skillsCollaborative spirit and the desire to contribute to large and diverse teams

  • Knowledge of cancer genetics and/or immune-oncology strongly preferred
  • Expertise in analysis of next-generation sequencing data (e.g., DNA-seq and RNA-seq) pipelines highly preferred

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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