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Merck Associate Principal Scientist, Translational Biomarkers Operations in Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

Translational Biomarker’s mission is to anticipate, discover, qualify and deploy biomarkers to inform pipeline decisions and provide diagnostics to increase the value of our Company. The Translational Biomarker Operations team is seeking an experienced professional that will help in our clinical trial biomarker operations.

Primary activities:

  • Determine and design biomarker logistic and planning needs for active clinical trials; provide assay-related material to clinical teams for assay implementation and execution at vendors and our Company's labs

  • Foster collaboration with biomarker and companion diagnostic scientists and other clinical and biomarker operations teams to assure alignment of requirements and logistics across clinical trial protocols.

  • Work with vendors and clinical trial teams in assay-related issue identification and resolution during clinical trial execution at vendors.

  • Facilitate sample management and movement for biomarker research projects.

  • With other Translational Biomarkers Operations members, identify, assess, and implement operational improvements for the Translational Biomarker department as needed.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS in life sciences

Required Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in clinical trial operations

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a GCP/GLP or CAP/CLIA lab

  • Excellent oral, presentation, and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Project management and process improvement experience is preferred

  • Companion diagnostic experience is preferred

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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: R15862