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Executive Director, Chemical Biology

Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Dec 14, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Energy, Biology
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Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. 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.

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

Our Company is currently seeking an exceptional chemical biologist to join the Chemical Biology Leadership Team located at our Cambridge, MA site. The successful candidate will have broad responsibilities in three interconnected areas - talent, strategy & pipeline.

In this role, the incumbent will be responsible for the performance, mentorship, and professional development of a team of 20-40 scientists, including people managers, project leaders, scientific mentors, and individual contributors.Through leadership of this group and close collaboration with partner functions across our Global Discovery Network, th e successful candidate will play a pivotal role in the application of existing interdisciplinary state-of-the-art Chemical Biology capabilities as well as enabling the build of new capabilities to continue to shape our early discovery portfolio as well as our understanding of the mechanism of action and clinical translation of our pipeline programs/assets. The incumbent will be responsible for the derivation, enablement, implementation, and evolution of strategy as well as for driving decisions on a portfolio of projects/capability builds impacting multiple therapeutic areas and modalities aimed at delivering transformative therapies for significant unmet medical need.

As such, the successful candidate will adeptly provide strategic and operational guidance through direct reports, as well as directly at governance meetings and through leadership of and participation in cross-functional teams and initiatives. To enable all of the above, the successful candidate must have excellent leadership, interpersonal, cross-functional collaboration and communication skills.Furthermore, experience with multiple therapy areas, modalities and enabling technologies is preferred.

In addition, the incumbent will participate in departmental, site and network-wide activities across Discovery and Global Chemistry such as setting strategic direction, prioritizing allocation of resources and managing budgets to align actions with strategy.The incumbent should have an established presence in the scientific community and a record of accomplishment and innovation as evidenced by issued patents, publications and presentations.The successful candidate will translate their background, experience and energy into a commitment to expand the external reputation of members of Chemical Biology, Discovery Chemistry and of our Company's Research Labs as a whole.

Education Requirement:
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field

  • 12 Years of experience in drug discovery and proven track record of sustained success in program leadership across multiple therapeutic areas, scientific mentorship or scientific initiative leadership
  • Experience with deriving and implementing integrated innovative Chemical Biology strategies to solve complex problems leading to demonstrable impact on multiple discovery efforts and/or capability builds.
  • Experience in leading multi-disciplinary/partner collaborations to success.
  • Ability to formulate and apply enterprise-wide thinking to drug discovery research endeavors.
  • Recognized internally and externally via a strong publication, presentation and patent inventorship record.
  • Clear ability to lead through influence and collaboration within and across organizational boundaries.
  • Extensive experience with mentoring other scientists.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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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Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Requisition ID:R139847
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