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Merck & Co, Inc

Project Manager - Genomics

Science and Research

Project Manager


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The Data & Genome Sciences (D&GS) group sits within our Company's Research Labs, leveraging genomics data to aid Therapeutic Areas from identifying new targets all the way through the drug development process. These efforts rely on large volumes of RNA and DNA sequencing data, new single-cell and functional genomics laboratory technologies, along with developing AI/ML approaches to maximize the value this genomic data can provide.

We are expanding our small Operations and Project Management team supporting and enabling this work, looking for a Senior Specialist who can nimbly help support the wide range of business and data needs of the D&GS group. Our team is committed to continual process improvement, leveraging templates and scripts to accelerate routine work, standardizing and clarifying workflows, and consolidating key information for quick and easy access. This position will report to the Associate Director of Data & Genome Sciences Operations, and is a hybrid role based at the Cambridge, MA site.

We are looking for a new team member who has experience in Next Generation Sequencing and demonstrated success in dynamically managing a range of projects. You will help support scientific teams in their sequencing experiments, working closely with vendors, IT Operations and Data Analysts to ensure that requirements are clearly captured, logistics kept smooth, issues flagged and resolved quickly, and data moving quickly to support the next round of scientific hypotheses. Alongside NGS data management support, there are a number of other areas requiring occasional assistance including interfacing with Finance, Procurement, and Legal in the support of scientific work.

The ideal candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills and be expected to operate in a highly collaborative and matrixed environment, excelling under fast-paced and fluid conditions and able to re-prioritize work as the landscape changes.

In this role, you will:

  • Support Next Generation Sequencing outsourcing: coordinate samples, assay requirements, metadata harmonization and data transfers, communicate instructions and priorities

  • Work with Data IT and Data Analysts to track and shepherd genomic data through pipelines and workflows to enable downstream analysis

  • Communicate effectively and support working relationships with wide range of external and internal stakeholders to facilitate issue resolution

  • Accurately track multiple information flows, maintaining and building dashboards to use to communicate status, timelines, and issues to project teams

  • Lead stakeholder review meetings to survey work in progress and upcoming forecasts

  • Contribute to process improvement efforts on every front

  • Leverage and further develop templates and scripts to streamline and automate routine operations – decreasing processing time and enabling at-a-glance summaries

  • Work with finance systems to support outsourcing activities, generating Purchase Orders and tracking invoices

  • Support scientific needs for Business Development & Licensing, including facilitating request for confidentiality agreements, research collaborations, etc.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BA/BS in a scientific or technological field of study

Required Experience and Skills:

  • For BA/BS: 4 plus years of scientific related job experience

  • For MS or higher degree: 2 plus years of scientific related job experience

  • Project Management experience within the science realm

  • Familiarity with Next Generation Sequencing and Data

  • Advanced Excel skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Hands on lab experience

  • Drug discovery experience

  • Python coding experience

  • AutoHotKey experience a plus

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:R205470