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Merck Director, Data-Rich Experimentation in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

The Data-Rich Experimentation (DRE) Group within the Process R&D Enabling Technologies organization is seeking a highly-motivated, technology-centric, and employee-focused leader to support a team of scientists tasked with modernizing our Company's process development practices across the biologics, vaccine and small molecule modalities.

The DRE group is tasked with identifying, developing, and deploying tools and methodologies aimed at improving the manner in which process understanding is gathered. The technologies we develop are as diverse as the team developing them. Current areas of interest include: high-throughput experimentation and bench-top automation, process modeling and simulation, kinetics and mechanism elucidation, process analytical technologies (PAT), machine learning and data science, etc. Our team is responsible for the invention and application of new tools to support the scientists across Process R&D, and aspires to embed data-intense tools into the fabric of the organization’s process development culture.

As a member of the DRE group’s leadership team, the chosen applicant will report to the group’s Executive Director and will focus on supporting and developing the talent in a multi-disciplinary team of 10 to 15 employees. Leaders in DRE are responsible for advancing a culture of scientific excellence, leveraging personal expertise in DRE technologies, and guiding others through the invention, development and deployment of novel tools. Leadership team members are also expected to play an active role in recruiting and developing the talent on our teams, and promoting collaborative research praised both internally and externally as exemplary of a multi-disciplinary research group. In particular, the chosen candidate will also play an important role in directing the preparation of disclosures to be used as the basis for patent applications, publications and external presentations and should possess an established track record of interaction with the international academic community. In addition to a passion for data-rich technologies, the chosen candidate should also have excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills and is expected to embrace and model our core values of diversity, equity and inclusion and foster a supportive culture where all can thrive.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Data Science or a related field.

  • Extended academic or industrial experience in a product, process or technology development area:

  • BS +8 years

  • MS +7 years

  • PhD +5 years

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Exceptional employee development skills gained through prior people management or mentorship roles.

  • Extensive experience in process/technology development, deployment and scale-up.

  • Demonstrated experience supporting the promotion of inclusive behaviors in a diverse organization.

  • A high level of innovation, creativity, and self-initiative along with the ability to successfully guide others to success.

  • Internationally recognized in the pharmaceutical development area, with a proven track record of peer-reviewed publications and external research presentations.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. 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., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Under New York City, Washington State and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$159,200.00 - $250,700.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here ( .

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Requisition ID: R231299