Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Pharmacology

Date: Mar 3, 2019

Location: West Point, PA, US

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Requisition ID: POS000281

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. 

Be a part of the legacy: MRL Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

The Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers, designed to provide you with an academic focus in a commercial environment. With the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company, postdoctoral researchers will be positioned to excel in an institution committed to breakthrough innovation in research and discovery.

As a postdoctoral fellow in Merck Research Labs Discovery Pharmacology group based in West Point, PA, you will work with a highly collaborative team of scientists to establish and perform electrophysiology recordings (teased fiber recordings) from peripheral sensory neurons in Non-human primates (NHP) and rodents with an aim to perform pharmacological evaluation of receptors expressed on them. This work will advance our understanding of the neurophysiology of sensory neurons and their role in sensory transmission of noxious stimuli. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Establish teased fiber recordings in NHP and rodents.
  • Perform pharmacological studies to address specific questions related to sensory transmission.
  • Conduct behavioral studies and immunohistochemistry to expand on electrophysiology findings and drive the discovery process.
  • Travel to external collaborator in Baltimore, MD.
  • Perform data interpretation, manuscript preparation, publication and presentation of results.
  • Contribute to a safe and compliant laboratory work environment.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • A PhD in Pharmacology, Physiology, or Neuroscience , or a related field with less than (3) years of postdoctoral experience OR graduating with a PhD by summer of 2019. 
Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Willingness to work with NHPs.
  • Skilled in performing ex vivo or in vivo electrophysiology recordings and data analysis (prior experience of performing teased fiber recordings not necessary).
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, design, execute and communicate complex physiology experiments as evidenced by publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, be self-motivated, collaborative and have an interest in learning the drug discovery and development process.
Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of immunohistochemistry technique and/or cellular and molecular biology.
  • Experience with performing animal behavioral studies.
  • Experience with performing animal surgeries.

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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