South San Francisco, California

Job Description

Be a part of the legacy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

Our Research Laboratories’ Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers, designed to provide you with an academic focus in a commercial environment. With the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company, postdoctoral researchers will be positioned to excel in an institution committed to breakthrough innovation in research and discovery.

What You'll Be Doing:

You will be working on discovery projects in an industrial setting within our world-class research labs. The successful candidate will work in our state-of-the-art facilities in South San Francisco and employ appropriate in vitro and in vivo techniques to investigate the molecular mechanisms of metabolic disorders. While the research focus of the perspective postdoctoral fellow will be biological questions in basic science, the individual will also be exposed to the drug discovery process and gain knowledge in drug discovery.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • The successful candidate is expected to be able to work productively in a collaborative and cross-functional team environment within and outside of the company.

  • The individual is expected to show a high degree of independence and can design, plan, and execute experiments in the laboratory.

  • The individual is expected to analyze experimental results with suitable statistical methods and interpret the results appropriately.

  • The individual is expected to summarize experimental results for presentations at internal and external meetings and for publication in scientific journals.

What You Need:

  • Candidates must currently hold a PhD OR receive a PhD by fall of 2021

  • Experience in metabolism, immunology, fibrosis, or a related field

  • Technical proficiency, scientific rigor, and productivity evidenced by publications in scientific journals

  • Proven ability to solve complex problems by undertaking innovative approaches and applying advanced technologies 

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to work as a team player

It's Great If You Have:

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: metabolic disease, fibrotic disease, lipid metabolism, lipidomics, and immunometabolism

  • Hands-on experience in one or more of the following areas: common molecular biology techniques, cell culture and cell-based assays, rodent handling and experimentation

  • Experience in working with large datasets and using appropriate software for data analysis

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R91311

South San Francisco, California

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