Prin. Scientist, Toxicology Job

West Point PA
Oct 12, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Organization Type
Prin. Scientist, Toxicology-TOX000146


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. 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 ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual 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.


Merck Research Laboratories, a leader within the pharmaceutical industry in discovering and developing new drugs, is seeking a DVM/or PhD with experience or interest in veterinary clinical diagnostic ophthalmology. Preference would be given to candidates who are A.C.V.O certified/eligible or who have a background in toxicology (PhD or related degree) or pathology (DVM/PhD, with ACVP board-eligibility or certification in anatomic pathology).

The successful candidate will play an important role in a multidisciplinary department whose objective is to fully characterize the toxicity of drug candidates and to determine the relevance of these findings for human clinical studies. The responsibilities of the position include performing clinical ophthalmic examinations, interpreting data, preparing study reports, and serving as a resource within the company for ophthalmic issues. In addition, research opportunities include collaborative participation in the drug discovery/development process in various therapeutic areas and serving as a study director. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential.

The position is located at Merck Research Laboratories, Department of Safety Assessment, West Point, PA.


Education Requirements:

- DVM and/or PhD or equivalent, with experience in toxicology, pathology, laboratory animal medicine or in a related scientific discipline (e.g., pharmacology, physiology).


- Preclinical ophthalmic examination experience in mice, rats, dogs, and/or monkeys.


- Preclinical ophthalmic examination experience in mice, rats, dogs, rabbits, and monkeys (rhesus and cynomolgus).

- Experience with indirect ophthalmoscopy, slit lamp biomicroscopy, and direct opthalmosocopy.

- Interpretation of preclinical ophthalmic examination data; and scientific report writing skills.

- Ophthalmic photography experience (slit lamp and fundus camera in a variety of species).

- Experience with other ophthalmic examination procedures/modalities, such as intra-ocular pressure measurements, fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography.

- ACVO Board Certification or Board eligible.

- Experience in general pharmaceutical drug development

- Ophthalmic drug development experience.

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Job: Toxicology

Job Title:Prin. Scientist, Toxicology

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Hazardous Materials: None

Company Trade Name:Merck