Scientist, Discovery Biology - Oncology

Date: May 17, 2019

Location: South San Francisco, CA, US

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Requisition ID: BIO005454

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.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist to join the Discovery Oncology team at the new Merck South San Francisco facility.  The prospective candidate will be part of the In vivo Mechanism-of-Action/Pharmacology group and will provide technical expertise to support discovery and preclinical activities for early-stage oncology programs. The successful candidate will possess hands-on in vivo technical capabilities, willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to adapt and work in a collaborative environment.


Education Minimum Requirement:  
B.S. or M. S. in Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology or a related field 

Required Experience and Skills: 
  • Minimum 3 years work experience in industry and/or academia
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with handling rodents including but not limited to dosing, bleeding and tissue collection
  • Experience working with mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Good communication skills and comfortable working in a team setting

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Understanding of Oncology and Immunology 
  • Experience with preclinical oncology models 
  • Experience working in a BSL-2 lab environment
  • Experience with Flow Cytometry 
  • Experience with isolation and culture of primary immune cells
  • Experience and/or familiarity with Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism, FlowJo, and TIBCO Spotfire
  •  Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and work independently

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
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: Yes; Human-derived materials, carcinogens, formalin, chemotherapeutics, tamoxofen
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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