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Principal Scientist-Oncology

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Merck & Co., Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 4 months ago

Requisition ID: BIO005305

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.

The Early Discovery organization seeks an outstanding candidate to join our Oncology Discovery team at our organization in Boston. The Principal Scientist will lead a team that supports early and late development programs within our oncology pipeline.

Broad expertise in tumor biology is required for this role. Experience with tumor intrinsic biology and or DNA damage/repair is preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, work well independently and as a team leader, and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

The successful candidate will also have experience in interacting with internal translational/clinical stakeholders and external academic investigators. The ideal candidate will have experience in leading/managing PhD and non-PhD level scientists as well. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing, assigning, and overseeing key discovery and preclinical. The position is a managerial role with two to four direct reports.


Education Minimum Requirement: The candidate must have a PhD with a minimum of 8-10 years' experience in Oncology in addition to post-doctoral experience in either an academic, institutional, or industrial setting is required.

Candidates should also provide clear evidence of productivity during their post-doctoral fellowship, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals and/or by demonstrable achievements. Industry experience is preferred, but not required. Previous leadership experience is preferred as well.

Required Experience and

  • Expertise in Oncology Discovery. Candidate should have expertise with basic cancer Biology.

  • Experience in murine tumor models (genetically engineered or syngeneic).

  • Ability to organize and communicate complex data sets in a clear and concise manner to key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

  • Candidate should be a strong team player with excellent oral and written communication skills and with a demonstrated ability to work independently to design experiments, interpret data, troubleshoot, and suggest next steps.

  • Prior Management experience.

Preferred Experience and

  • Experience with Tumor Intrinsic Biology and/or DNA damage/repair.

  • Background in project management and laboratory management is preferred.

  • Ability to actively contribute scientifically to immunological drug discovery research programs, including identification and validation of novel targets.

  • Sufficient experience in drug discovery and/or late development. Related to this experience is the ability to represent development teams and communicate goals/deliverables to senior management and/or governance committees throughout Merck Research Laboratories.

  • Prior experience either working with or leading collaborations with external academic, biotechnology, and contract research organizations.

  • Experience in mentoring and/or leading PhD level and non-PhD level scientists.

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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Job: Biology-Discovery

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Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

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Hazardous Materials: Oncology Drugs in development.

Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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Principal Scientist-Oncology

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