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Associate Scientist in Immunology


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Job Title: Associate Scientist in Immunology  - BIO004860

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 125-year legacy. 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 Discovery organization seeks an outstanding candidate to join the Therapeutic Area – Autoimmune and Inflammation Group.  This Associate Scientist role will focus on designing and performing experiments using functional in vitro and ex vivo cell based assays to advance drug discovery research programs from target validation through to clinical candidates. 

Experience in cell biology is required for this role with preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience in immunology.  The successful candidate will have deep scientific curiosity, excellent oral and written communication skills, work well independently and as part of a collaborative team, and be able to work on several projects simultaneously. With appropriate supervision, the role includes planning, designing, developing methodologies and executing projects utilizing good scientific judgment. The position is a hands-on, laboratory based role with no direct reports (individual contributor).

  • BS degree in biology, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology or related discipline 
  • Experience with in vitro and or ex vivo cellular techniques
  • Human and/or rodent cell and tissue culture skills
  • Able to perform cellular immune function assays (i.e. proliferation/cytotoxicity/apoptosis assays).
  • Experience in techniques such as bioassays (eg. ELISA, multiplex protein analysis), cell separation techniques (i. e. density centrifugation, magnetic bead separation), FACS sorting or basic molecular biology
  • Good data handling and recording skills as well as the ability to interpret moderately complex data sets and draw appropriate conclusions from them
  • Must be able to work as a team player and be enthusiastic 
  • Cell line engineering for assay development
  • Experience of more sophisticated flow cytometry or molecular biology techniques
  • Cellular staining and imaging techniques (eg. immunohistochemistry, light and confocal microscopy)
  • In vivo experience 
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech industry or academic setting in an immunology, biology, biochemistry or related discipline would be an advantage but technical training will be provided

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

Primary Location NA-US-MA-Boston

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Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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