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Merck & Co. Inc.

Scientist, Experimental Biology



Full Time

On Site


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The company's Exploratory Science Center (ESC) Cambridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of our company, is focused on driving early discovery research. Co-located with our company'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 our company'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 an innovative, dedicated, and highly motivated B.S/M.S. level scientist to join the Experimental Biology team at our company’s ESC. The successful candidate will become part of a lab-based, creative, and fast-paced team that will discover novel biology and invent impactful technologies targeting oncology, inflammation, cardiovascular, metabolism and neuroscience.

This is a lab-based position and an excellent opportunity for someone seeking scientific and career growth in a multidisciplinary area of drug discovery. Your personal growth and career development will contribute to the success of our team. The candidate will be part of a cross-functional team contributing to the strategic direction of research programs across multiple therapeutic modalities.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Designing and executing diverse scientific experiments across several biological areas.

  • Using leading-edge technologies and approaches in microfluidics and microphysiological systems to advance our understanding of human biology.

  • Optimizing and implementing cell-based assays to characterize diverse targets and mechanism of actions, using sophisticated experimental methods.

  • Work independently and collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment to advance drug discovery and achieve key milestones.

  • Provide scientific mentoring and technical training of team members as appropriate.

  • Ensure all laboratory safety protocols are followed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, or a related field with 3+ years of research experience in academia or industry.

  • Basic knowledge of cell biology, immunology and/or microbiology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.Sc. in Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, or a related field with 2+ years of research experience in the industry.

  • Prior experience with microfluidics and/or microphysiological systems.

  • Prior research experience in host-microbe interactions.

  • Solid experience in one or more of the following fields: cell biology, immunology and/or microbiology.

  • Excellent communication and record-keeping 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.

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. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID:R124128