Director - In vivo Antiviral & Antibacterial Pharmacology

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: West Point, Pennsylvania
  • Posted: November 10, 2016
  • Reference ID: PHA001349
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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The successful candidate will be a member of the West Point Pharmacology Department, a department that provides in vitro and in vivo pharmacology solutions to support a wide variety of infectious disease, neuroscience and cardio-metabolic programs. The successful candidate will have had experience in designing and executing in vivo experiments to determine the efficacy of novel compounds designed to have anti-viral and/or antibacterial efficacy. The position will require 1) managing a group of up to 10 PhD and non-PhD scientists 2) joining the Pharmacology Department Leadership Team to manage budgets, talent development, and cross group resources 3) provide expert input on drug discovery programs 4) interface with other departments including disease area biologists, safety assessment, chemistry, and pharmacokinetics & drug metabolism 5) work with groups external to Merck e.g. contract resource organizations to access novel assays and/or manage workload effectively.

The individual we are seeking will be an inspiring leader capable of motivating, and developing others.

  • A Ph.D. in virology or bacteriology with a minimum of 10 years of experience in academia or the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Proven ability to lead others
  • Knowledge and hands on experience of translational virus (e.g. respiratory and herpes viruses) or bacteriology animal models
  • Track record of performance on drug discovery teams
  • Experience developing practical research strategies, translating strategy into experiments
  • Ability to work in a matrixed organization

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