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Merck Distinguished Scientist, Discovery Process Chemistry in Boston, Massachusetts

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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.

The Distinguished Scientist, Discovery Process Chemistry functions as the scientific lead for the group, spanning all sites in the network. They drive impact through innovation across the portfolio by driving scientific excellence across the organization through strategic leadership, team mentorship and individual contributions. They sit on the Discovery Process Chemistry leadership team and contribute to key business decisions.

The Distinguished Scientist reports to the Executive Director, Head of Discovery Process Chemistry (DPC), Process Research & Development (PR&D) in the Research & Development Laboratories organization. The incumbent will effectively partner with key stakeholders to positively affect chemistry culture and tactics across the network to deliver key pipeline impacts. They identify and prioritize potential application of PR&D enabling technologies in Discovery and Early Development and partner with other Distinguished Scientists across the Discovery Chemistry network on synthetic chemistry excellence strategy.

As a subject matter expert in early Drug Discovery and Development, the incumbent is expected to have substantive roles in governance, training, and business development activities. They help direct teams to prepare all governance presentations and documents related to discovery and early development milestones. Other critical tasks include: 1) play a significant role as a mentor across DPC and with PR&D small molecule Early Development Team members; 2) be a brand ambassador for DPC, contributing to strategic external partnerships to enhance chemistry capabilities as well as attract talent. 3) lead a project team, strategic initiative or cross-functional teams as determined by complexity of the ask.


  • Ph.D. in chemistry, or related pharmaceutical science is required


  • 10+ years' experience in drug discovery and/or early drug development

  • Demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional groups

  • Track record and commitment to employee development/retention.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.

  • Subject matter expertise in Discovery Process Chemistry with experience on Early Development Teams.

  • Strength in driving results on firm deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability in selection and prioritization of a portfolio of projects.

  • They must be internationally recognized in the pharmaceutical development area with a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and external research presentations.

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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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Requisition ID: R92260