Scientist, Molecular Discovery

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Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

  • The successful candidate will be able to design cell-based experiments to validate novel targets, target molecules, and new chemical biology assays
  • Design, synthesize, purify and characterize peptides and small molecules drug candidates and/or chemical probes
  • Selection and application of appropriate purification techniques including high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and acquisition/interpretation of analytical data such as LC/MS
  • Become part of a creative and flexible team; collaborate and work closely with other scientists. Contribute to experimental design, analysis, and interpretation of experiments
  • Collaborate with variety of teams to execute on chemical biology-based platform builds
  • Function and communicate effectively in a highly productive multi-disciplinary environment
  • Act as a leader in the laboratory, executing onprogram and chemistrystrategy

  • Master degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, biomedical engineering or a related field with two plus years of industrial and/or academic research experience, or a B.S. or equivalent degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field, with five plus years of industrial and/or academic research experience.

Experience and Skills

  • Good understanding of chemical biological concepts, peptide synthesis and a background in cell-based assay development
  • Experience in synthesis, purification, and working knowledge of analytical purification and characterization of peptides and small molecules
  • Highly self-motivated applicant who can work in a highly collaborative environment as well as independently leading research projects with the willingness to learn new science
  • Excellent attention to detail, principled and strong verbal and written communications
  • Strategic and strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills in a team environment

  • Background in cell biology/pharmacology, chemical biology, Peptide synthesis, biomedical engineering or experience in mammalian cell culture

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Requisition ID:R148657