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Merck Principal Data Scientist, Safety Assessment in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

The Digital Operations and Innovation (DOI) group in the Safety Assessment and Laboratory Animal Resources (SALAR) department is looking for a Data Scientist (Principal Scientist level) to support ongoing and new efforts changing the way SALAR leads drug safety assessment. DOI seeks to bring new understanding to drug safety evaluation by modeling scientific data and data flows, applying optimization methods, time series forecasting, and machine learning to help prioritize future experimental studies, forecast demand, discover novel biology, and advise new regulatory paradigms that provide even safer drugs at reduced cost. The candidate will play a key role in supporting an overall strategy of applying new computational tools to classical pharmaceutical sciences. Prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry isn’t necessary, as we expect any new team member to learn and grow along with us.

The candidate will be part of a collaborative team comprised of biologists, chemists, toxicologists, computer scientists, and animal care staff. This role will be supporting an essential part of our Company's Research & Development Division and SALAR’s broader efforts to be an industry leader in the application of data sciences to drug safety prediction, which will support early pipeline decision making. Candidates must be willing to collaborate with experimental lab colleagues in designing and refining experimental designs, guiding testable hypotheses, and supporting novel analytical methods at the intersection of biological and computational sciences.

Education Minimum Requirements

  • PhD + >=7yrs experience in biomedical engineering, applied math, computer science, chemistry, physics, computer engineering, and related disciplines (or masters +9 years experience)

Required Experience and Skills

  • Proficiency in one of the following languages or software packages: python, javascript, Matlab, or R (preference for python)

  • Proficiency with statistics, discrete math, statistical inference, algorithm development, and/or probabilistic modeling

  • Unix/linux operating system experience

  • Digital signal processing experience

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills

  • 10-20% travel

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Familiarity with structured and unstructured data sources, such as Structured Query Language (SQL), postgres, MongoDB, Neo4j, or Big Table

  • Familiarity with statistical learning methods, such as supervised and unsupervised modeling, a plus

  • Experience in distributed or cloud computing environments

  • Practical experience with complex analytical methods (quantitative modeling, causal inference, feature selection, Bayesian statistics, etc.)

  • Version control and related code reproducibility practices (git, documentation, etc.)

  • Familiarity with Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), Representational State Transfer (REST), and/or Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) a plus

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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 …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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 .





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Requisition ID: R22948