Scientist, Screening Automation & Informatics

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Job Title: Scientist, Screening Automation & Informatics
Location: New York, NY,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Salary: Competetive
Job Description: 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.

The Screening & Informatics Group at our Company Research Laboratories site in Kenilworth, NJ, is looking for highly motivated, talented and innovative candidates with experience in laboratory automation and informatics. Successful individuals will create, implement, execute, and maintain automated methods and dataflows enabling cutting-edge technologies including ultra-high-throughput mass spectrometry (uHT-MS), DNA-Encoded Libraries (DEL), mixture-based mass spectrometry (ALIS), mRNA-Display, and traditional HTS (tHTS). Your efforts will be a complement to our existing walk-up and integrated robotic system capabilities and will serve as a means to expand our ability to interrogate and identify new chemical matter to help drive our discovery programs. You will be expected to work independently and to proactively collaborate with colleagues in Screening & Compound Profiling, Quantitative Biosciences, Discovery Chemistry, IT, and across therapeutic area disciplines.

As a member of the lab automation & informatics team, the successful candidate will participate in the method development, planning and execution of robust automation strategies to support the following in vitro systems on both integrated and walk-up robotic platforms:
  • target-based and phenotypic tHTS in biochemical and/or translatable, cell-based formats
  • complex high throughput biology
  • a broad range of affinity-based technologies

Knowledge of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell-based assay systems would be beneficial in this role. Finally, you will work closely with data scientists, informatics, and automation colleagues to establish robust and sustainable end-to-end solutions that address data management bottlenecks.

  • Hands-on hardware/programming with robotic liquid handlers (e.g.Tecan, Hamilton, Agilent) and integrated robotic systems (e.g. HighRes Biosolutions)
  • Extensive collaboration with assay scientists for validation, documentation, and execution of high-throughput (HT) workflows
  • Life-cycle management and maintenance of screening systems and peripherals
  • Continuous workflow optimization to meet the changing needs of our Project Teams
  • Collaborate with data scientists, informatics, and automation colleagues to establish robust and sustainable end-to-end solutions that address data management/mining bottlenecks and work towards a fully digital lab infrastructure

Successful candidates will be scientifically curious, creative, and collaborative, with a passion for lead discovery and a mindset of continuous learning in a matrix environment. As a member of the Screening community, you will benefit from a network possessing extensive experience in lead discovery and achieve satisfaction in a career that you can feel passionate about.

Education/Experience Requirements:
  • BS degree with 3+ years in Automated Sciences and/or Biology with relevant automation and in vitro assay experience
  • MS degree with 0+ years

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.


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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.

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For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico - Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) ("Customer-Facing Role") who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate's relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:
$72,200.00 - $122,900.00

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Job Post Date: 11/03/22
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