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Merck & Co, Inc

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Neurodegenerative diseases.

Science and Research

Biological Research


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Be a part of the legacy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

Our Research Laboratories’ Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers, designed to provide you with an academic focus in a commercial environment. With the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company, postdoctoral researchers will be positioned to excel in an institution committed to breakthrough innovation in research and discovery

We are seeking a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow with expertise in Neuroscience and a strong interest for synaptic biology to join the Neuroscience Department in West Point, PA. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work in close collaboration with neuroscientists at our company to advance the understanding of synaptic deficits in neurodegenerative diseases. All Postdoctoral Research Fellows work with a dedicated mentor, collaborate with experienced scientists, and are fully integrated into the larger Neuroscience group.

Responsibilities includes:

  • Develop familiarity and keep updated with literature on synaptic biology in neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Work with disease area collaborators in identifying strategy on validating synaptic targets and develop study plans.
  • Execute, troubleshoot and analyze data for presentation at team meetings and external conferences as well as peer-reviewed publications.
  • Conduct histological and biochemical analysis of in vitro cell culture preparations and ex vivo tissues using a variety of techniques e.g. nucleotide and protein biochemical assays, immunohistochemistry and imaging technologies.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Candidates must be recent graduates and currently hold a PhD OR receive a PhD by Fall 2023.
  • Degree in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, or a related field.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Background in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience, or another related field.
  • Experience with biochemical methods and cell culture methods, such as PCR, ELISA, Western Blotting, histology and rodent primary neuronal cultures.
  • Experience with fixed and/or live cell fluorescence imaging.
  • Motivated by scientific inquiry.
  • Excellent presentation and scientific writing skills, demonstrated by publication record.
  • Team player with experience working in multidisciplinary teams but yet able to independently design, execute and summarize experiments.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Expertise in synaptogenesis.
  • Experience with methods for investigating spines in vitro and in vivo using imaging platforms and biochemical assays.
  • Experience with in vitro and in vivo models of Alzheimer’s disease.


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., 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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Requisition ID:R215236