Associate Principal Scientist – Neurodegenerative Diseases Job

West Point PA
Nov 06, 2016
Dec 02, 2016
Organization Type
Associate Principal Scientist – Neurodegenerative Diseases-BIO004628


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.

By joining the Neuroscience department at Merck, you will engage in exciting drug discovery research targeting the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Working in synergy with all disciplines within R&D, you will contribute to the definition of novel and innovative strategies, targeting discovery of new treatments in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and movement disorders. An expert in Neurobiology, you will work as part of a high profile team to apply advanced cell biology techniques to identify, validate and progress innovative novel drug targets. You will design and implement in vitro/in vivo models for target identification and mechanism of action studies.The position will also require 1) leading and serving as a core team member on drug discovery programs and 2) managing research associates.

An inspirational and outstanding scientist with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, you will demonstrate a true passion for cutting-edge science, and provide scientific input into the target portfolio. Additionally, the successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills and able to lead small, interdisciplinary groups of creative scientists.



- A Ph.D. in neurodegenerative diseases or related field within the neuroscience area with a minimum of 4 years of experience in academia or pharmaceutical industry


- A strong track record of achievement and experience of working on programs aimed at identifying novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

- An international reputation for research excellence and can show evidence of research productivity. You have an in-depth knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and movement disorders.


- Deep expertise in a wide range of cell assays including experience using quantitative imaging technologies (fluorescence microscopy, high content screening).

- Addional skills in molecular biology including the use of viral vector systems in in vitro/in vivo models, shRNA, protein pull-down assay and the analysis of signaling pathways would be an added benefit.

- Experience developing practical research strategies, translate strategy into experiments, thrive in a team environment, communicate clearly and candidly, and work within high performing teams in a matrix organization.

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Job: Biology-Discovery

Job Title:Assoc Prin. Scientist, Biology-Discovery

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: No

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Company Trade Name:Merck

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