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Merck & Co. Inc.

Senior Scientist, Neuroscience Geneticist:



Full Time

On Site


Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Our company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us. Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. To this end, our company is intentionally at the forefront of applying genetics, genomics, and biological data science to advance breakthrough science and drug development across therapeutic areas.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Genetics and Pharmacogenomics (GpGx) department at our research laboratories is currently seeking a senior scientist with strong expertise in human genetics and the genomic basis for Neurological disease at the Boston site. Our mission in the Early Discovery Genetics group within GpGx is to identify and functionally validate novel targets anchored in human genetics that will enter our company's drug discovery pipeline for therapeutic intervention. The successful candidate will be team-oriented, with the ability to effectively communicate and thrive in an inclusionary, integrated, and multidisciplinary work environment.

Specifically, the Senior Research Scientist will:

  • Integrate data from large human genetic datasets, including Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS), RVAS, Expression quantitative trait loci/ Quantitative Trait loci (eQTL/pQTL) studies, and Mendelian genetics, to identify potential therapeutic targets for Neuroscience disease areas.

  • Participate in large academic/industry partnerships and leverage data from large biobanks (including FINNGEN, UK Biobank)

  • Formulate and initiate functional validation studies of genetics targets in collaboration with experimental scientists in GpGx and with Neuroscience colleagues.

  • Collaborate closely with our neuroscience organization, statistical genetics colleagues and external partners to conceptualize, execute and apply genetics and genomics research for target identification and validation.

  • Work with cross-functional teams including disease area biologists, statistical geneticists. pharmacologists, chemists and external partners for the identification and validation of the genetics targets across the early discovery pipeline.

  • Communicate results, conclusions and application to program teams and therapeutic area leadership.

  • Provide genetics expertise to biologists and senior leadership across neuroscience disease areas.

  • Explore and identify new external collaborations with academia and industry partners to leverage tools to exploit human genetics/genomics in to discover new drug targets.

  • Spearhead both internal and peer-reviewed publications and presentations.


  • PhD or MD/PhD with 0+ years or MS degree with 7+ years of relevant experience


  • Proven track record and understanding of human genetics in neuroscience disease areas such as neurodegeneration, psychiatric, sensory and other neurological diseases to identify potential therapeutic targets.

  • Extensive experience in bioinformatics, statistics and data management to analyze large-scale genetic datasets as well as leverage genomics and epigenomics data to generate causal gene hypotheses.

  • Strong understanding of clinical/pathobiology functional readouts in neuroscience diseases for identifying translatable targets based on human genetics.

  • Experience in translating genetics findings into functional assays to provide insight into biological mechanism.

  • Strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills including ability to distill and communicate complex genetic/genomic concepts to scientists from diverse disciplines.

  • ~5% travel


  • Experience with integration of diverse high-throughput data types, as well as with big data architecture and visualization.

  • Demonstrate significant knowledge of neuronal networks and signaling, neuroanatomy and the interactions of diverse CNS cell types.

The geographic location of this position is in Boston MA.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.






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Requisition ID:R118824