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Merck & Co. Inc.

Senior Scientist, Oncology Bioinformatics



Full Time

On Site


Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The Oncology Genomics and Analytics (OGA) team is seeking a passionate and creative computational biologist to help discover the next wave of cancer therapies. Oncology research at our company is driven by a deep interest in the intrinsic biology of cancer cells as well as the complex intercellular interactions in the tumor microenvironment, and how diverse points of intervention can be combined to achieve ever-higher rates of durable response and patient survival. You will collaborate closely with colleagues in Discovery Research and will be based at our Research Lab in Boston, MA.

In this exciting role, you will:

  • Contribute to multiple stages of drug discovery by interrogating multi-omics molecular profiling datasets including large-scale single-cell and spatially-resolved molecular profiling datasets as well as functional genomics screens.

  • Collaborate with experimental scientists to characterize novel targets coming from genetics, translational and disease pathway exploration, explore target engagement, research mechanisms of action, and provide functional validation of novel drug targets.

  • Be proactive and work collaboratively with various project teams across scientific disciplines and functions, bringing together genetics, pharmacology, chemistry and molecular biology.

  • Contribute to iterative experimental design and mechanistic hypotheses generation through the mining and interpretation of complex biological data.

  • Engage with Discovery teams to translate biological hypotheses into computational interrogations of multi-omics molecular profiles

  • Lead efforts on the experimental design, analysis and interpretation of DNA and RNA sequencing experiments in support of discovery research programs

  • Identify, analyze and integrate internal and external data and knowledge resources to enable data mining in a biological context to inform target validation and mechanism of action

  • Work with in-house, open-source and/or commercially available software platforms for the processing and analysis of DNA and RNA data

  • Assist with project management by coordinating efforts with internal and external collaborators

  • Survey the literature on novel bioinformatics analysis methodology and algorithms, and introduce them in-house when appropriate

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Statistics or related field

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience on the computational analysis and interpretation of large-scale DNA and/or RNA sequencing datasets

  • Familiarity with public databases and repositories of bulk and single-cell DNA and RNA profiling data

  • Proficiency in statistical computing environments and programming languages, such as R or Python

  • Excellent attention to detail and strong communication (oral and written) skills

  • Self-motivated and capable of prioritizing deliverables among multiple simultaneous projects

  • Builds strong relationships within highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of immunology or cancer biology

  • Knowledge of experimental design and statistical hypothesis testing

  • Familiarity with the analysis of data derived from functional genomics screens

  • Capable of integrating information generated from multiple sources to strengthen research hypotheses

  • Experience with high-performance Linux cluster and cloud computing

  • Previous experience with machine learning or statistical inference techniques is a plus

  • Strong publication record

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.



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Requisition ID:R124378