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Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Computational Systems Biology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Be a part of the legacy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

Our Research Laboratories’ 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.

What You'll Be Doing:

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow that is passionate about employing systems biology approaches to unravel novel biological mechanisms and drug targets. The ideal candidate will develop algorithms to obtain interpretable biological outputs from the analysis of multi-omics molecular datasets.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research in collaboration with other computational biologists and interact with bench scientists to drive biological insights across therapeutic areas (oncology, infectious disease and neuroscience). This position is perfect for a candidate interested in leveraging their analytical skillswhile also improving their understanding of biological systems.

  • As a postdoctoral fellow, a strong focus will be on scientific and professional development and publications. The fellowship is intended to last 2-3 years.

  • Build a robust code base in a version-controlled open access repository, for use on high-performance computing (HPC) or cloud platforms.

  • Strong collaboration, organization, and communication skills required.

  • The candidate is expected to travel 10% of their time to other company sites and report their results at relevant conferences.

What You Need:

  • Candidates must currently hold a PhD OR receive a PhD by fall of 2021. Degree should be in an analytical discipline such as engineering, bioengineering, computer science, applied mathematics and systems/computational biology.

  • Extensive experience in machine learning methods

  • Experience in omics data analysis and system biology

  • Strong coding skill in programing languages such as R and python

  • Proficient in using Linux/Unix OS on a HPC environment and familiarity with cloud computing

  • Understanding of biostatistics e.g., hypothesis testing, FDR corrections

It's Great If You Have:

  • Experience with deep learning and explainable artificial intelligence technologies

  • Microbiology and/or microbiome experience

  • Immunology and vaccinology knowledge

  • Longitudinal data analysis of biological datasets

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: R91313