Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Discovery Oncology Job

Boston MA
Jan 28, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
Organization Type
Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Discovery Oncology-POS000200


Merck 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 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.

Be a part of the legacy: MRL Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

The Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) 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.

Position Overview:

As a postdoctoral fellow in Merck Research Labs Discovery Oncology group based in Boston, MA, you will work with a highly collaborative team of scientists to design, develop and validate in vitro cell culture models and assays to study the interaction of fibroblasts and other stromal cells with tumor cells and immune cells. This work will enable understanding of the role of cancer associated fibroblasts and stromal tissues in the establishment and survival of tumors.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Conducting in vitro cell culture experiments and analysis using a variety of techniques including but not limited multiparameter flow cytometry and mRNA profiling, e.g. single cell mRNAseq

- Collaborating with Merck and external scientists conducting in vivo cancer model studies to correlate and validate the in vitro models

- Characterization of cellular components of tumor biopsies from humans and animal models

- Data interpretation, manuscript preparation, publication and presentation of results

- Contribute to a safe and compliant laboratory work environment


Education Minimum Requirement:

- PhD with 3 years or less of postdoctoral experience or met all the requirements for a PhD by May 2017

Required Experience and Skills:

- Isolation and culture of primary human immune cells and fibroblasts

- Ability to conceive, design, execute and communicate complex experiments in the field of tumor immunology or fibrosis as evidenced by publications

- Multiparameter flow cytometry

- Must be an independent and self-motivated scientist

Preferred Experience and Skills:

- Tumor immunology

- Experience studying cancer-associated fibroblasts

- Experience with three dimensional tissue culture models

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Job: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job Title:Assoc. Scientist,Post Doc Fellow

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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