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Senior Scientist, Pharmacology

Job Description

This is an exciting career opportunity in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Group within the Department of Pharmacology at our Research and Development location in Boston. The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Develop and implement quantitative biochemical and biophysical assays to support identification, characterization, and optimization of small molecule ligands from high throughput screening campaigns and medicinal chemistry efforts.
  • Conduct biochemical and biophysical studies to elucidate the modes of ligand interaction and mechanisms of action on target proteins
  • Provide biochemical and biophysical assay support for target validation efforts.
  • Collaborate within the pharmacology department and across functional areas to enable generation of protein/cell reagents and implementation of emerging technology platforms
  • Contribute to multiple projects simultaneously, applying different approaches and techniques to each as needed

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with 6 years of related industry experience OR A Master's with a minimum 4 years of related industry experience OR A PhD with less than 1 year (either Academic or industry) relevant experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Record of one or more peer-reviewed original research paper in one or more of the following areas: protein structure and conformation, protein-protein/protein-ligand interaction, antibody-antigen interaction, receptor pharmacology, enzyme reaction mechanisms and/or mechanism of enzyme inhibition.
  • Proven ability to independently design, develop and implement biochemical and biophysical screening assays using an array of detection modalities.
  • Hands-on experience performing steady-state kinetic experiments to study enzymes and inhibitors.
  • Direct experience in recombinant protein expression using bacteria, insect (baculovirus) and/or mammalian cell-based systems and purification using automated chromatographic separation systems.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills and a proven ability to work in a team or collaboration-based environment.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Use of automated liquid handlers such as Echo, Bravo, Biomek, or Hamilton and data analysis and presentation software such as TIBCO Spotfire.
  • Experience with TR-FRET, FP, LC-MS, radiochemical, surface plasmon resonance (BIAcore), fluorescence-based thermal shift (TdF), and/or isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC).
  • Assay development and compound profiling experience within a drug discovery environment
  • Mammalian cell culture techniques including transfection, immunoprecipitation, and proteomic analysis.
  • Investigating intracellular ligand target interactions.

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:PHA001515

Senior Scientist, Pharmacology

Boston, MA
Full Time

Published on 09/25/2019