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Director - Cell Biology (Chemical Biology)

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
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Aug 13, 2022

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Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
  • Director - Cell Biology (Chemical Biology)
Director - Cell Biology (Chemical Biology)


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Director - Cell Biology (Chemical Biology)

Become part of cutting edge and highly innovative Chemical Biology and Quantitative Biosciences departments at our Company. Using robust scientific methodology and state-of-the-art instrumentation, we collaborate to drive the next medical breakthrough. To achieve our goal, we leverage cutting edge capabilities that enable higher-resolution interrogations of novel biology and mechanism of action elucidations to advance the best drug candidates into the clinic.

Target discovery is critical to the success of drug discovery. We are therefore seeking an exceptional scientist and mentor for the Director role on the Chemical Biology Quantitative Biosciences team. The successful candidate will join the new established our Research & Development Division Cambridge Research site and contribute to our mission to interrogate novel biology and identify new therapeutic targets.
  • Become a leader in a creative and flexible team; Collaborate, manage and work closely with innovative, multi-disciplinary scientists.
  • Lead target discovery and validation efforts on project strategy, experimental design, analysis, and interpretation of experiments
  • Leverage your deep understanding of cellular biology and the pharmacological and genetic manipulation of pathways and proteins in physiologically relevant cell systems to validate novel targets and mechanisms
  • As a member of the Chemical Biology Leadership team, meaningfully contribute to the development and execution of strategy and the growth and development of staff
  • Foster a high-performance culture of collaboration, engagement, self-accountability and inclusion
  • Establish strong relationships within highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams to effectively drive early drug discovery initiatives

Required Qualifications / Education:
  • An extensive background in cellular biology and familiarity with small molecule and genetic perturbations to interrogate novel biological phenotypes is required.
  • A proven track record across a wide range of cell biology, platform builds and phenotypic screening projects
  • Experience managing a group of senior and junior scientists with a track record of achievements, including project leadership and strategic contributions
  • Ph.D. in Biology, Chemical Biology, Pharmacology, or a related subject area with 8 years of post-degree experience in industry, academia or biotechnology.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Strong understanding of biological concepts, mechanistic elucidation, and phenotypic workflows coupled with a strategic vision of novel target drug discovery
  • Experience managing a scientific group with a track record of achievements leading projects and capability builds
  • Ability to build strong relationships within highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams to effectively drive early drug discovery initiatives
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong communication (oral and written) skills
  • Highly self-motivated and capable of prioritizing deliverables among multiple projects
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a cellular biology and chemical biology background, with novel target validation, genome engineering, automation, and/or pharmacological assay experience.

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.

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.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

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.

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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:R188219

Job Information
  • Job ID: 64816762
  • Location:
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title:Director - Cell Biology (Chemical Biology)
  • Company Name For Job:Merck
  • Job Function:Other
  • Job Type:Full-Time
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