Kenilworth, New Jersey

Job Description

Attention NJ Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. Our goal is to find novel and effective therapies by identifying and targeting steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities, and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthroughs. Within Screening and Compound Profiling (SCP) we leverage cutting edge methodologies and innovative thinking to discover small molecule and peptide drug leads. SCP is currently seeking an exceptional individual to join the mRNA Display Peptide Discovery group in Kenilworth, NJ

The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the execution and expansion of the mRNA Display platform to accelerate delivery of high-quality peptides for our company's Discovery programs. Candidates should be highly motivated to work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. S/he will have hands-on peptide discovery training (in academia or industry), preferably with mRNA Display or Phage Display expertise.

Furthermore, they will have a proven track record of driving the science at the bench. This individual will play a key role in furthering screening efforts, by conceiving, developing and implementing innovative workflows for mRNA Display and informatic analysis. They will also work closely with team members to ensure implementation of best practices. A mindset of innovation and continual technological improvement is important.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, validate and execute mRNA-Display selections with follow-up NGS QC and analysis

  • Draft, Maintain and Update SOPs, protocols and other documentation

  • Identify opportunities for innovation (platform and workflow improvements e.g. using automation)

  • Continual improvement in approaches for optimizing peptidic matter using mRNA-Display capabilities

  • Present results at meetings

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology or related discipline

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology or related discipline with postdoctoral training and relevant professional experience (preferred)

  • Deep and broad understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), as it relates to mRNA-Display or other display screening technologies (e.g. phage display)

  • Experience performing affinity selections for mRNA-Display, phage display or DELs

  • Industrial experience in a Research & Development (R&D) organization is a plus

  • Excellent problem solving, oral and written communication skills to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Ability to influence, communicate and collaborate across a global organization

  • Ability to think strategically and deliver results.

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., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Requisition ID:R193524

Kenilworth, New Jersey

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit

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