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Merck & Co, Inc

Research Scientist ( MERCUSR88989ENUS)

Science and Research




South San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated scientist to join the Discovery Oncology team at our South San Francisco, CA research facility. The candidate will be responsible for executing a diverse array of in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo experiments in early target discovery and validation for oncology. The ideal candidate will have solid laboratory experience in the field of oncology or immunology, a broad skill set encompassing working with mammalian cells to running in vivo models, and is willing to learn new skills/techniques.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in the Biological Sciences with 5+ years of relevant laboratory experience in Oncology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, or a related field or MS degree in Biological Sciences with 2+ years of research experience in an industrial setting

  • Experience in general cell biology methods including maintenance of cell lines and/or primary cells, cell separation/expansion.

  • Prior experience with PBMC isolation, human and/or mouse tumor tissue processing

  • Hands-on experience in multi-parametric flow cytometry.

  • Prior experience with in-vitro functional assays using cell lines and/or primary cells

  • Excellent communication and record-keeping skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with in-vivo tumor models

  • Experience in reporter-based assays and immunoassays (ELISA, MSD, Luminex) is highly desirable

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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R88989