Associate Principal Scientist, Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics ( MERCUSR166272ENUS)
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Our Quantitative Sciences team use big data to analyze the safety and efficacy claims of our potential medical breakthroughs. We review the quality and reliability of clinical studies using deep scientific knowledge, statistical analysis and high-quality data to support decision making in clinical trials.
The Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (QP2) Department of our company's Research Laboratories in West Point, PA / Rahway, NJ is seeking a curious and collaborative Associate Principal Scientist.
As an Associate Principal Scientist, you will participate on cross-functional teams of experienced scientists to discover and advance the clinical development of novel therapeutic agents for cardiometabolic, ophthalmic or immunologic disorders. More specifically, you will apply your quantitative skills with minimal supervision to develop and implement translational PK/PD strategies, characterize clinical population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of biologics, small molecules and non-traditional therapeutics like peptides, novel biological constructs and others, perform clinical trial simulations, comparator modeling and other model-based analyses to inform dose selection and schedule, clinical trial design and go/no-go decisions. You will apply your expertise to frame critical drug development questions to optimize drug development using model-based approaches and influence cross-functional teams to adopt such strategies. Finally, you maintain a comprehensive understanding of global regulatory expectations and contribute to regulatory documents and interactions with agencies.
The Associate Principal Scientist is a skilled modeler and a quantitative drug developer, with a strong, integrated understanding of the strategic elements of drug discovery and development and leads the QP2 strategic, executional and operational efforts on a team. The ideal candidate is collaborative, possesses a learning mindset and can work through scientific challenges within and between departments to develop aligned strategies and solutions. In addition, you share your skills and ideas with junior scientists and with the broader QP2 department to advance our science. Excellent communication skills are required including the ability to clearly present scientific data in group settings.
Within QP2, you have a unique opportunity to accelerate your professional career as a quantitative drug developer taking advantage of our end-to-end pipeline support in one of the world’s most research-intensive biopharmaceutical companies.
- A Ph.D. or equivalent degree with at least 3 years of experience - OR- a PharmD or equivalent degree with at least 5 years of experience - OR- a MS or equivalent degree with at least 7 years of experience, where “experience” means having a record of increasing responsibility and independence in a similar role in pharmaceutical drug development or academia
- An educational background in PK/PD, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacometrics, mathematics, statistics/ biostatistics, computational biology/chemistry, or chemical/biomedical engineering.
- Experience in performing population PK / PKPD analyses using standard pharmacometric software (e.g. NONMEM, Monolix, Phoenix, R, Matlab)
- Proficiency in written and verbal communication and interdisciplinary collaboration
- An exemplary record of increasing responsibility, independence, and demonstrated impact in driving drug development decisions through application of model-based approaches
- Knowledge of cardiometabolic, ophthalmic or immunologic disorders
- Skills in experimental design, mathematical problem solving, critical data analysis/interpretation, and statistics
- Scientific understanding of ADME and biopharmaceutic properties of biologics, small molecules, or non-traditional therapeutics
- Demonstrated ability to participate in and to lead an interdisciplinary team
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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