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Merck & Co, Inc

Software Engineering Technical Lead - R&D IT

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Engineering


Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

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 IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

Our Company’s Scientific Software Engineering team is responsible for the core components used to build our Company Research Labs’ data analytics, visualization, and management workflows. Our products play a crucial role at most stages of the research process by delivering on our Company’s commitment to embrace advanced digital solutions and automated data analytical workflows in helping our scientists with drug discovery.

We collect, annotate, evaluate petabytes of scientific data (multi-omics, chemistry, imaging, safety) used in biomarker research, drug safety/efficacy, drug target discovery, and compendium diagnostic development. We help our scientists a) to process, evaluate scientific data at scale by developing highly parallelized analytical workflows ran on HPC infrastructure (on-prem & cloud); b) to manage, explore and visualize various scientific data modalities by developing bespoke data models, ETL processes, data retrieval and visualization services using distributed micro-service architecture, FAIR data principles, SPA type dashboards, industry specific regulatory compliant data integrity, auditing, and security access controls.

We are a creative and disciplined software engineering team, using agile practices and established technology stacks to design and develop large-scale data analytics, visualization, and management software solutions for local and on-cloud hosted HPC datacenters, as well as to integrate 3rd party analytical platforms with internal data workflows to address pressing engineering and data science issues of life-science.

We are looking for Software Engineers (SE) who can break down and solve complex problems with a strong motivation to get things done with a boots-on-the-ground, pragmatic mindset! Our engineers own their products end to end and influence the way how our products and technology are deployed to facilitate most aspects of drug discovery impacting hundreds of thousands of patients around the world. We are looking for engineers who can creatively handle complex dependencies and ambiguous requirements, competing business priorities, while producing fit-for-purpose, optimal solutions.

We are hoping that you are passionate about collaborating across the interface between hard-core software development and research and discovery data analysis.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement engineering tools, applications and solutions that facilitate research processes and scientific discovery in several areas of our drug discovery process.
  • Help drive the design and architecture of adopted engineering solutions with a detail-oriented mindset
  • Promote and help with the adoption of development, design, architecture, and DevOps best practices, with a particular focus on agile deliver mindset
  • Lead and mentor smaller team of developers (squads) to ensure timely and quality delivery of multiple product iterations
  • Drive product discovery and requirements clarification for ambiguous and/or undefined problems framed with uncertainty.
  • Manage technical and business dependencies and bottlenecks; balance technical constraints with business requirements; and deliver maximum business impact with solid customer experience
  • Help stakeholders with go/no-go decisions on software and infrastructure by assessing gaps in existing software solutions (internal/external), by vetting technologies/platforms and vendor products
  • Strong collaboration, organization skills in cross-functional teams; ability to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical audiences; work closely with scientists, peers, and business leaders in different geographical locations to define and deliver complex engineering features.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science/engineering or equivalent technical field


  • Proficient (5+ years hands-on experience) w/ at least one language: Java (preferred), C#, Python
  • Proven ability (3+ years hands-on experience)
    • to build production workflows using Java/Spring (preferred), Python or C#/.Net
    • to build robust, scalable microservice architecture-based engineering solutions with a focus on scientific data analysis and management
    • to drive API (REST, GraphQL, etc.) driven modular development of production workflows and integration with 3rd party vendor platforms
    • to create relational data models, ETL processing pipelines using PostgreSQL (preferred), Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL
    • to integrate AWS services (EC2/RDS/S3/Batch/KMS/ECS etc..) into production workflows
  • 2+ years hands-on experience
    • with building backend services in NodeJS
    • with these scripting languages: Python, Bash
    • with Linux OS command line
  • 1+ year hands-on experience
    • with building resource intensive HPC analysis modules and/or data processing tasks
    • with building CI/CD workflows with Jenkins or equivalent
    • with using IaC frameworks (CloudFormation, Ansible, Terraform)
  • Strong collaborator/ communicator, resp. strong problem-solving skills
  • Experienced with making technical partnerships with research and business teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience
    • to integrate algorithms, scientific workflows, machine learning tools developed by computational and/or quantitative data scientists
  • 1+ years of experience
    • with developing pipelines using workflow managers (ex. Nextflow) and AWS Batch
    • with developing and deploying containerized applications (i.e., Docker, Singularity)
    • with frontend development (any JS framework)
    • with containerization platform: Kubernetes/Helm
    • with end-to-end testing framework: Robot/Selenium
  • Prior experience with
    • with non-relational database vendors (Elastic Search, etc.)
    • with building, troubleshooting C, C++ libraries and dependencies on Linux (maven, make, etc.)
    • with using statistical software development stacks Matlab and/or R

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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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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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Requisition ID:R189379