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Merck & Co, Inc

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Crystallization Sciences ( MERCUSR161640ENUS)

Science and Research

Biological Research



Rahway, 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.

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.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a highly driven and motivated postdoctoral research scholar to join the Materials & Biophysical Characterization group within Analytical Research & Development. This individual will develop novel crystallization strategies and methodologies to nucleate and grow ‘difficult-to-crystallize’ compounds and to discover novel solid forms utilizing knowledge of computationally predicted crystal structures. These hypothetical crystal structures would serve as a roadmap to rationally design and identify conditions that would favor the experimental formation of the targeted solid forms. These disruptive approaches have the potential to significantly reduce the timescale for solid form discovery and may provide environmental benefits through the reduced consumption of material and solvents associated with fewer experiments. The postdoctoral research scholar will collaborate closely with other functional areas including Computational & Structural Chemistry, External Capabilities and Structure Elucidation, and external research institutions.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform computational analyses to guide targeted experimentation for crystallization.

  • Design and develop novel crystallization methodologies, and execute studies to discover and identify novel solid forms.

  • Leverage traditional and advanced physical characterization techniques to understand solid-state properties.

  • Understand the mechanism and role of solution chemistry in which different external factors (e.g. pressure, solvents, additives, etc.) can impact the outcome of the crystallization process.

  • Aid the integration of computational predictions, solid form informatics and experimental screening to shift the discovery of crystal forms from serendipity to "by design".

  • Interpret and present data to internal and external collaborators.

  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional and technical experts to facilitate scientific success and breakthroughs.

  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present work at scientific meetings.

  • Ensure that safe laboratory practices are followed.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Candidates must currently hold a Ph.D. or receive a Ph.D. by Fall 2022. Preferred educational background includes but is not restricted to Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Pharmaceutics, Physical Chemistry, or a related field.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in physical characterization (X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, spectroscopy, etc.) of organic and/or inorganic materials.

  • Interest in utilizing computational and cheminformatics tools and approaches for decision-making.

  • Proven ability to independently design and execute experiments, interpret data, and identify appropriate follow-up studies.

  • Strong work ethic, curiosity to learn about new scientific areas, and high research productivity in a laboratory environment.

  • Track record of adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, integrity, and teamwork.

  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to multi-task and handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously.

  • Have excellent communication, and good organization and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong track record of scientific achievements (publications, patent, etc.) and effective writing skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of chemical crystallography, computational solid-state modeling, crystal structure prediction, and analysis of crystal structures.

  • Knowledge and skills in analytical characterization (NMR, HPLC, IR, etc.).

  • Demonstrated aptitude for learning and adopting new techniques and technologies.

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:R161640