Senior Scientist - Oncology Research Job
Merck/MSD - Boston, MA

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Senior Scientist - Oncology Research-RES001354


Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled research associate to join our Oncology Biology Discovery team at Merck Boston. The successful candidate will be responsible for validating novel immuno-oncology targets and contributing to small and large molecule drug discovery programs. Responsibilities include the development and execution of experimental strategies to define the mechanism of action and mechanism of resistance of immuno-oncology therapeutic agents. S/he will perform in vitro experiments to determine the functional effect of candidate target activation/inhibition by using a variety of assays to interrogate immune end-points. Candidate is expected to keep abreast of published scientific literature and present his/her data at internal group meetings.


  • BS degree in the Biological Sciences
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the area of oncology and/or immunology.
  • Candidate must have expertise in developing in vitro and in vivo assays to investigate immune function and possess a deep knowledge of technologies commonly used to assess immune endpoints.
  • Candidate should have experience in the growth and maintenance of human tumor cell lines, proliferation and apoptosis assays, immunoassay techniques/platforms (e.g. Western, ELISA, Mesoscale).
  • Candidate should be competent in standard scientific software used for data analysis (e.g. Microsoft Excel) as well as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Candidate should be a strong team player with excellent oral and written communication skills and with a demonstrated ability to work independently to design experiments, interpret data, troubleshoot, and suggest next steps.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery particularly using therapeutic antibodies.
  • Experience with multi-parameter FACS.
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Job: Research Support - DPS

Job Title : Senior Scientist

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: No

Number of Openings: 1

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