Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Mass Spectrometrist, Discovery Neuroscience, Movement Disorders:
Merck USA

Merck USA
West Point Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: POS000233

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.

Position Overview: 

The Department of Neuroscience is seeking postdoctoral fellowship applicants to be a part of an interdisciplinary team of biologists, geneticists and chemists within Merck Research Laboratories.  Projects will seek to develop mass spectrometry-based biomarker assays supporting neurodegenerative disease drug discovery programs. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to leverage genomic and transcriptomic findings to drive discovery and targeted proteomic studies to identify and validate biomarkers relating disease state through the use of cell-based models and patient tissues and fluids. Candidates should have a strong background in the identification and quantification of proteins in complex biological matrices using advanced LC-MS-based analytical technologies and will have the opportunity to develop additional neuroscience expertise through collaborative efforts with disease area specialists. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about the process of drug discovery while contributing to the advancement Merck's drug development pipeline.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with disease area collaborators in the planning and execution of LC-MS-based biomarker identification studies
  • Developing novel sample preparation approaches, and discovery proteomic and targeted LC-MS-based assays in various matrices
  • Analysis and interpretation of LC-MS data
  • Follow-up biomarker validation through the development of clinically translatable, targeted LC-MS/MS-based quantitative assays
  • Communication of findings at project teams and external conferences as well as through peer-reviewed publications

Education Minimum Requirement:  
  • PhD with less than 3 years of Postdoctoral Experience or achieved a  Ph.D. by Spring/Summer of  2018 
Required Experience and Skills:
  •  Quantitative proteomics (i.e. label-free, SILAC, TMT labeling) or targeted analyte quantification via multiple/parallel reaction monitoring
    • Nano-liquid chromatography
    • Proficiency using LC-MS-compatible sample preparation methods (i.e. immunoaffinity enrichment, SPE/LLE)
    Must be an independent scientist with an ability to excel in a team environment
Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Familiarity with Skyline targeted mass spectrometry workflows
  • Background in Neuroscience and interest in movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases

Our employees are the key to our company’s success.  We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Merck’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.
Merck is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations. Former Military, Transitioning Service Members, National Guard & Reserves - We value your past and present service


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