Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Chemical Stability and Monoclonal Antibodies Formulations:
Merck USA

Merck USA
Rahway New Jersey
Requisition ID: POS000278

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

Merck ’s best in the industry Post-doctoral research program offers recent PhD graduates the unique opportunity to conduct academic research side-by-side with leading industry scientists in their state-of-the art laboratories. Merck’s Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to further develop their abilities as independent scientific investigators. As such, they will collaborate with top scientists and benefit from extensive internal and external scientific network including academic partners from leading Universities.

A Postdoc at Merck has the unique opportunity to:

  • Be at the forefront of science to launch your scientific career in both industry and academia.
  • Be mentored to become an independent scientific investigator.
  • Be able to answer fundamental scientific questions, and witness your ideas to support Merck’s mission in the development of novel medicines.
  • Present research at internal and external meetings.
The Analytical Sciences group within Merck Research Laboratory (MRL) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in Rahway, NJ. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to develop monoclonal antibodies formulations. You will conceive, design, plan and implement advanced experiments/assays exploring the mechanisms of degradation and interactions of co-formulated monoclonal antibodies. Major focuses of the research are the development of advanced chemical assays, the implementation of mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques to help forecasting the stability of protein mixtures.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Designing mass spectrometry techniques for the analysis of mixtures of monoclonal antibodies.
  • Improving current state-of-the-art capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography techniques for separation of proteins for mass spectrometry analysis.
  • Developing mass spectrometry compatible chemical assays aiming at accelerating formulation designs of protein mixtures.
  • Building chemical and mechanistic databases to serve as the underpinnings for future data mining.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • A PhD in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, or organic chemistry with less than (3) years of postdoctoral experience OR graduating with a PhD by summer of 2019. 
Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Skilled in advanced protein mass spectrometry: Experienced with Thermo instruments (e.g. Orbitrap®, Fusion Lumos®), BiopharmaFinder® and Byonic® softwares.
  • Thorough theoretical trainings in mass spectrometry.
  • Knowledge of nano liquid chromatography (Waters M-class®) and capillary electrophoresis (Sciex® instrument).
Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong history of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Organic chemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Bioanalytical experience, SDS-page, Size-exclusion chromatography, Western blot.

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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