Senior Scientist, Protein Science

Date: May 18, 2019

Location: Boston, MA, US

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Requisition ID: BIO005474

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.


Protein Sciences of Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) in Boston is seeking a Senior Scientist-level associate to help drive the development and execution of a largely automated antibody and protein production platform. 

 

You will build and apply industrialized approaches for automated transfections, cell culture, expression and purification methods.  You will also be responsible for executing the final, centralized workflow and maintaining the relevant data streams.  Your efforts will be a complement and central resource to existing capabilities and will serve as a means to expand the ability to interrogate antibody/protein diversity in order to identify optimal leads. 

 

You will have the opportunity to apply enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of Protein Sciences to support and help drive multidisciplinary biotherapeutic discovery programs.

 

In this exciting role, you will:

  • Develop cell culture/transfection workflows to support automated protein production efforts 
  • Troubleshoot these workflows to continuously improve performance (reliability, transfection efficiency, protein yield, etc.)
  • Assure efficient, accurate data exchange between cell culture/transfection efforts and IT/database systems
  • Design solutions to ensure quality and stability of the transfection process across diverse vector/expression systems
  • Maintain automated cell culture and protein production workflow Standard Operating Procedures and device life-cycle documentation
Qualifications

Required experience and skills: 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s with 8 years relevant experience OR a Master’s with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience OR a PhD with a minimum of 2 years in relevant field (e.g. chemical or bioengineering, molecular biology, biochemistry or similar)
  • Experience with programming TECAN, Hamilton or similar liquid handling workstations
  • Experience working with mammalian cell culture/transfection/expression systems (HEK/CHO)
  • Experience with high-throughput protein/antibody production workflows and their inherent data management requirements
  • Ability to improve existing technologies and synergize new solutions from literature, peers and personal creativity and experience
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills

Preferred experience and skills: 

  • Experience working inside high-throughput protein production environments
  • Knowledge of VBA, MatLab or similar programming language
  • Experience working with lentivirus expression systems
  • Experience with LIMS data entry, analysis and/or mining
  • A diverse molecular biology skill set (execution, innovation and troubleshooting)

 

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 
 
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Job: Biology-Discovery
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Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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