Senior Scientist, Discovery Chemistry

Merck USA - West Point, PA4.1

30+ days ago
Requisition ID: CHE006075

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

Merck is currently seeking exceptional chemists for positions within the Discovery Chemistry department. The successful candidate will join multidisciplinary, highly collaborative teams to invent novel medicines by applying innovative synthetic chemistry, analytical techniques, and data analysis. Specific responsibilities will include utilizing state-of-the-art synthetic and medicinal chemistry problem solving skills to build structure-activity relationships, designing and synthesizing drug candidates and intermediates, and providing scientific and technical training of team members. Additionally, the successful candidate will help identify and validate new targets and be responsible for establishing a substantial external scientific presence including authoring publications and presentations. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field is required, along with a proven track record of solving complex problems. Candidates must possess strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.


Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field.
  • Anticipated attainment of Ph.D. in 2018 or 2019 matching noted criteria is also acceptable.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Experience in synthetic organic methodology / catalysis, total synthesis, chemical biology, or physical organic chemistry.
  • A proven track record of solving complex problems.
  • Experience in synthesis, purification and analytical characterization including HPLC, MS, NMR, and biophysical methods.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Experience in synthesis, purification and analytical characterization including HPLC, MS, and NMR
  • Ability to mine scientific literature and databases
  • Ability to train team members in aspects of chemical synthesis
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills in a team environment
  • Experience in therapeutic design and interpretation of biological data

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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