Merck Senior Scientist, Process Chemistry in Boston, Massachusetts

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.

Our organization is currently seeking exceptional synthetic organic chemists to join the Discovery Process Chemistry (DPC) group at our Boston, MA site.

The core responsibility of the successful candidate will be to drive the development of innovative solutions to complex chemistry problems across a diverse portfolio of projects in the discovery phase, from lead identification through candidate selection, with the goal to apply these solutions to facilitate medicinal chemistry research by overcoming synthetic bottlenecks, streamlining SAR analogue synthesis, and providing access to novel chemical space. This will further entail the successful translation of these solutions to practical processes to supply Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (APIs) for candidate compounds as they transition into development. Close collaboration with chemistry colleagues, as well as a broad array of other discovery and preclinical research groups, will be expected. As such, the candidate must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work in a team environment. A Ph.D. in chemistry with experience in methodology/catalysis (including chemocatalysis, biocatalysis and heterogeneous catalysis), total synthesis, physical organic chemistry, or flow chemistry is required.

Education Minimum Requirement: PhD in chemistry with 0 years experience or graduating with a PhD in 2018

Required Experience and Skills: PhD with 0 years experience or will be graduating with PhD in 2018

  • Must have conducted outstanding research in his/her field of expertise that may be shared during the interview process.

  • Function well within multidisciplinary teams and possess outstanding communication skills.

  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Additional experience within an academic laboratory (post-doctoral fellowship) or the pharmaceutical/biotech industry is a plus.

  • A strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and research presentations is a plus.

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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Title: Senior Scientist, Process Chemistry

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Requisition ID: CHE006083