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Merck & Co, Inc

Sr Scientist, Computational and Structural Chemistry ( MERCUSR163370ENUS)

Aerospace and Aviation

Structural Analyst



Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

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.

Attention NJ Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

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.

We are seeking a creative, self-motivated structural biologist with exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills to join the Computational and Structural Chemistry (CSC) group in Kenilworth, NJ, USA. CSC is a diverse and inclusive team of approximately 110 structural scientists, computational chemists, informaticians, mass spectrometrists, biophysicists, and protein scientists who employ state of the art capabilities to drive drug design. We are an integral arm of both discovery and process chemistry and collaborate seamlessly with teams around the globe to innovate and invent better molecules faster. We are looking for a strategic thinker and accomplished structural biologist to support drug discovery through the generation and analysis of Cryo-EM atomic structures of therapeutically important protein targets. The successful candidate will join our growing CSC team and be responsible for all aspects of the structural biology process, from sample preparation and data collection through data processing and structure determination.

Productive and collaborative interactions with other members of the global, cross-functional department are essential to our success. The structural scientist is expected to make a cooperative and collaborative use of internal expertise across locations, and also to develop fluid interactions with the external scientific community to continually improve scientific understanding, including presentations at national or international meetings.

Consistently cited as a great place to work, our company employs talented people who discover, develop, manufacture, and market a wide range of vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. Each of us is joined by an extraordinary sense of purpose — bringing our companies finest achievements to people worldwide. Our Kenilworth, NJ campus is located within commuting distance from New York City. This proximity allows for close interactions with the quickly expanding Cryo-EM community in all specialized fields as well as the structural biology community at large, giving easy access to the latest developments in the field.

Minimum required education:

PhD degree in structural biology; M.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or a related field with 3+ of experience in an industrial setting (pharmaceutical or biotech company); or B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or a related field with 6+ years in an industrial setting (pharmaceutical or biotech company).

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in sample preparation, data collection, image processing & structure determination for atomic resolution single particle Cryo-EM.

  • Excellent communication skills (written, presentation, and oral) that enhance team-based progress is required.

  • Demonstrated potential to develop project management skills and identify/develop new areas of scientific expertise in structural biology.

  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly within timelines.

  • Ability to prepare peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with cryo-electron tomography and/or microelectron diffraction.

  • Experience using Cryo-EM for structure determination of systems of pharmaceutical interest.

  • Experience with cryoSPARC live data processing software.

  • Experience with the application of hybrid structural techniques to answer biological questions.

  • Experience using computational tools for protein engineering and design.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and subsequent prioritization.

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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Requisition ID:R163370