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Merck SR. Principal Scientist - GpGx Neuroscience Genetics Lead in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

Our company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

We are currently recruiting for a key individual to contribute to our company's human genetics effort. This person will perform both a critical strategic role, as well as hands-on role, in overseeing the scientific direction of programs involving neurogenetics for target identification and validation.

This Boston/Cambridge, MA based position will report to the Head of Early Discovery Genetics (EDG) within the Department of Genetics and Pharmacogenomics. The mission for EDG group is to identify Human Genetic targets to impact across multiple-disease areas, including Neuroscience, Cardiometabolic and Immunology. The qualified individual will sit on a high-performing and dynamic Early Discovery Genetics leadership team to develop strategies and execute on identifying high-valued Genetics Targets. The individual will be a recognized as expert in the field of Neuroscience Genetics from either the discovery/quantitative perspective and/or the web lab functional genomics perspective (with an emphasis on human genetics of complex traits). The candidate should have a strong understanding of discovery genetics and translating that into potential targets for drug discovery in Neuroscience. He/she will be expected to operate in a highly collaborative environment, partnering with peers within the department as well scientists from therapeutic areas, pharmacology, chemistry and translational pharmacology and across various sites located globally. Furthermore, this position will likely require interactions with external partners, including leaders in academia as well as other Pharma/biotech companies.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead a team of 4-5 scientists responsible for applying the tools of human genetics, bioinformatics and functional genomics to target identification and validation in neurosciences.

  • Participating as part of leadership team in developing and driving the strategy to identify and prioritize targets entering the early pipeline across different therapeutic areas.

  • GpGx lead for Neuroscience is to provide genetics expertise to disease area biologists and participate in strategic meetings for Neuroscience discovery efforts

  • Engaging with internal peers in diverse areas – informatics, pharmacology, chemistry, therapeutic area biology, translational pharmacology – to identify opportunities for drug development based on human genetic discoveries.

  • Integrate diverse ‘omics / biological datasets with human genetic data to identify novel targets in disease-relevant pathways for drug development that could be leveraged across multiple therapeutic areas and indications.

  • Collaborating across functional areas and in a matrixed environment to develop integrated research plans, optimize resource allocation, and maximize efficiencies to best execute on programs.

  • Ability to clearly communicate scientific strategy and study results to wider network within the company including project teams and senior management as well as to the external scientific community.

  • Explore and identify new external collaborations with academia and industry partners to leverage tools to exploit human genetics/genomics in to discover new drug targets.


  • MD or PhD required


  • Candidate should have 6+ years of experience in biotech/pharmaceutical setting leveraging human genetic and associated o-mics for drug discovery.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills. Proven ability to create and work within high performance teams and/or matrix organization, strong influencing skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research individually and collaboratively and prioritize work against departmental and company goals.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to establish and maintain productive cross-site and high caliber external collaborations.

  • Proficiency to critically evaluate scientific and therapeutic proposals and adopt novel technologies to facilitate groundbreaking research.

  • Proven track record in change management including ability to eliminate obstacles/barriers in order to implement change.

  • Ability to create partnerships with key stakeholders.

  • 10-20% Travel Required

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.

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: R55875