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Postdoctoral Research Fellow –Neurophysiology and Electrophysiology

Merck & Co., Inc.
West Point, Pennsylvania
Annualized base salary plus benefits
Closing date
Jul 29, 2021

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Be a part of the legacy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program


Our Research Laboratories’ 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.


As a postdoctoral fellow in our Research Labs Sensory Neurobiology department based in West Point, PA, you will work with a highly collaborative team of scientists to establish and perform electrophysiology recordings (teased fiber recordings) from peripheral sensory neurons in non-human primates (NHP) with an aim to perform pharmacological evaluation of receptors expressed on them. This work will advance our understanding of the neurophysiology of sensory neurons and their role in mediating noxious sensory transmission.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Establish teased fiber recordings in NHP

  • Perform pharmacological studies to address specific questions related to sensory transmission

  • Travel to external collaborator in Baltimore, MD

  • Conduct behavioral studies and immunohistochemistry to expand on electrophysiology findings and drive the discovery process

  • Perform data interpretation, manuscript preparation, publication and presentation of results

  • Contribute to a safe and compliant laboratory work environment


What You Need:

  • Candidates must currently hold a PhD OR receive a PhD by fall of 2021. Degree should be in pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, or a related field.

  • Candidates must have willingness to work with NHPs

  • Candidates must have Skilled in performing ex vivo or in vivo electrophysiology recordings and data analysis (prior experience of performing teased fiber recordings NOT necessary)

  • Candidates must have experience with performing animal surgeries

  • Candidate must have demonstrated ability to conceive, design, execute and communicate complex physiology experiments as evidenced by publications

  • Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work independently, be self-motivated, collaborative and have an interest in learning the drug discovery and development process 


It's Great If You Have:

  • Candidates should have background in sensory biology or pain/itch research

  • Candidates should have experience with performing animal behavioral studies (rodent and/or NHP)

  • Candidates should have knowledge of immunohistochemistry technique and/or cellular and molecular biology


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


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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.
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