Director, Chemical Biology
Become a part of the cutting edge and highly innovative Chemical Biology and Discovery Chemistry departments. Using robust scientific methodology, bleeding edge chemistry, and state-of-the-art instrumentation and automation, we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough. To achieve our goal, we focus on delivering novel mechanisms into our pipeline, expanding druggable space, and the pursuit of detailed knowledge of the mechanism of action for our key pipeline assets. We partner with multiple functional groups to complement capabilities, accelerate discoveries, and advance the best drug candidates into the clinic for significant unmet medical needs.
Passion for thinking outside the box is critical in Chemical Biology as a field and to the success of enabling drug discovery programs. We are therefore seeking an exceptional scientist and mentor for a Director role the Chemical Biology group in the Discovery Chemistry organization within our company’s Research Laboratories.
The individual will join the Chemical Biology Leadership Team and will have broad range of responsibilities across strategy, talent, and pipeline. The Director will build strong relationships within Discovery Chemistry and across Quantitative Biosciences, Genetics and Biomarker Sciences, and Therapeutic Area Biology to translate new advances in technologies into pipeline impact towards delivering innovative therapeutics. The incumbent will coach, mentor, and support career development of a team of talented scientists. In addition, the incumbent will participate in departmental and network-wide activities such as recruiting, resource-management and external engagement, as well as communicate with governance committees and external collaborators. Finally, the incumbent will be accountable for driving employee engagement within Discovery through the promotion of diversity and inclusion initiatives and supporting a culture of innovation.
- Ph.D. or equivalent with five (5+) or more years relevant experience in Chemical Biology, Discovery Chemistry or a related discipline in a pharma, biotech or academic setting (B.S. or M.S. with 10+ years relevant experience)
- Exceptional understanding of biology concepts and chemical application to solve biological problems
- Experience in synthetic chemistry
- Highly self-motivated, creative, and critical thinking to solve complex technical and scientific problems with excellent attention to detail
- Ability to build strong, inclusive relationships in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams to effectively drive early drug discovery initiatives
- Project team leadership: setting strategy and driving programs to key decision points
- Communicating effectively in a highly productive multi-disciplinary environment
- Capable of prioritizing deliverables among multiple simultaneous projects
- Robust publication record
- Strong organizational and time management skills
Preferred Experience and Skills:
- Experience in small molecule drug discovery and in early target discovery and validation
- Professional development and/or mentorship of others
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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