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Merck Scientist, Assay Development in West Point, Pennsylvania

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.

The Immunotoxicology group in the Safety Assessment and Laboratory Animal Resources (SALAR) department is seeking a research scientist. This individual will be part of high performing group responsible for the design and conduct of in vitro and ex vivo investigative studies to support preclinical and clinical drug candidate selection and development. In this role, the scientist will apply advanced cell culture models and molecular biology approaches, develop and qualify new immunological assays (including flow cytometry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) -based assays), and conduct protein biomarker assessments to identify potential safety risks in close collaboration with discovery scientists, toxicologists, and pathologists. To that end, the individual will be expected to have advanced knowledge of general, cellular, and molecular toxicology principles, experience conducting mechanistic investigative studies, hypothesis-driven and independent research skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written. Furthermore, demonstrated ability and/or aptitude in database management, visualization tools, and/or leveraging programming tools for data processing will be valuable to further laboratory objectives and innovations as well as leverage existing collaborations with our digital analytics team.


Bachelor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related sciences) plus 2 years of post-graduate experience; OR, an MS degree plus 1 year of work experience.


Background or familiarity with in vitro toxicology models, assay design, validation, rationale, and mechanistic principles. Experience with development and qualification of new immunological assays including; but not limited to, the following: Blood sample processing, Flow Cytometry based assays, cytokines, and other soluble biomarker assays, and ELISA will be advantageous.

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.

Who we are …

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: R30881