Host / Pathogen Research Associate

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Posted: January 21, 2017
  • Reference ID: RES001808
The Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) Exploratory Science Center (ESC) Cambridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and Co., is focused on driving early discovery research. Co-located with Merck's Cambridge Innovation Hub, the ESC's disease-area-agnostic research agenda fosters hands-on collaboration between our scientists and external academic and biotech researchers to access and explore the most promising emerging science.

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 a fast-paced, nimble and flexible environment of mutual respect, creativity, invention and teamwork. With access to Merck's proven global R&D organization, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

We are seeking Research Associates to join the host-pathogen team at the Merck Exploratory Science Center (ESC) in Cambridge, MA. Successful candidates will become part of a creative and flexible team.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:
  • Investigate host/pathogen interactions, the influence of the microbiome on host immunity, and support screening efforts with the ultimate goal of delivering novel therapeutics to address significant unmet medical need in infectious disease as well as broader indications.
  • Leverage advances in the study of host-pathogen interactions and employ new technologies to impact programs.
  • Expertise with growing and working with bacterial strains, maintaining mammalian cell cultures, experience with high throughput screening, designing & implementing animal models of infection, DNA cloning, western blotting, ELISA, advanced microscopy and flow cytometry.
  • Critical to success are a high degree of organization, a go-getter mentality, as well as advanced experimental capabilities


  • Required: BS in Microbiology / Biology / Biochemistry or related discipline
  • Preferred: MS in Microbiology / Biology / Biochemistry or related discipline

Required Experience:
  • Minimum of (2) years Laboratory Research experience in an Academic and/or Industrial setting
  • Bacteria Isolation and Growth, Maintenance of Mammalian Cell Culture
  • Molecular Biology, Cloning, DNA and RNA Purification, qPCR
  • Western Blotting, ELISA
Preferred Experience:
  • In-Vivo experience: handling, adoptive transfers, oral gavages, dosing
  • High Throughput Screening
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Fluorescence/confocal Microscopy
  • Fluent English Written / Verbal Skills
Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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.

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