Senior Scientist, Pharmacology

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: West Point, Pennsylvania
  • Posted: January 11, 2017
  • Reference ID: PHA001363
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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The Department of Pharmacology at Merck Research Laboratories is seeking a Senior Scientist to join a group of researchers dedicated to the discovery of novel anti-infective drugs. The primary responsibilities of the group are to design, develop, and execute in vitro assays to evaluate and characterize drug candidates from antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and/or vaccine development programs.

The successful candidate will:
  • Develop and execute novel in vitro assays to assess inhibition of viral, bacterial, or fungal growth by small molecules and/or biologics, and in vitro assays in support of vaccine development
  • Validate and integrate new technologies or methodologies, as needed, to address questions related to drug discovery programs and projects
  • Optimize efficiency and productivity through effective management of work flow
  • Evaluate outsourcing options and design work plans as appropriate
  • Represent Pharmacology on program teams and provide input on the design of the program's research operating plan and strategy
  • Ensure timely communication and delivery of high-quality in vitro data to Therapeutic Area program teams

  • BA/BS in biology, biochemistry, virology, bacteriology or related discipline and five years of experience post-graduation, or PhD in biology, biochemistry, virology, bacteriology or related discipline and 2 years of experience post-graduation

  • Ability to understand and implement applicable regulations regarding the use of pathogens (e.g. virus, bacteria, fungi), human cell and tissue use, laboratory safety, health physics and chemical hazards in research.
  • Experience in the design, development and execution of in vitro assays for anti-infective drug development programs targeting antivirals, antibacterials, antifungals, and/or vaccines
  • Strong collaborative skills
  • Skill in troubleshooting experimental design, assay development and data analysis
  • Experience in assay development in support of antibacterial, antifungal drug discovery

  • Experience in antiviral drug discovery, supporting vaccine development

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