Senior Scientist, Infectious Disease and Vaccines Publicatio

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Under the guidance and direction of the Medical Writing Director, the Senior Scientist works with scientists in our Company Research Laboratories and external investigators to write or facilitate the writing of journal articles, conference abstracts, and posters/oral presentations that report our Company’s clinical trial results and, at times, early-stage development and other scientific work, for timely peer-reviewed publication.


+ Prepare scientific content for abstracts, presentations and manuscripts for the Infectious Disease and Vaccine franchise to implement the Strategic Publications Plan that includes writing, generating data displays (e.g., figures, tables), referencing, formatting, and submission of documents in collaboration with publications specialist

+ Facilitate the review (departmental and internal) of documents and incorporate comments/revisions from authors into manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations

+ Ensure that franchise publication/presentation tracking information is accurately and actively maintained in Datavision and other relevant repositories

+ Participate in Publication Team meetings and keep Publication Manager apprised of status of assigned publication projects

+ Organize and facilitate publication project kick-off meetings and other co-author meetings for assigned projects

+ Develop an awareness of science/literature and key data within Infectious Disease and Vaccines therapeutic area

+ Enforce our Company’s publication guidelines and other good publication practices and oversee the Office of Scientific and Technical Information Clearance (OSTIC) manuscript clearance process

+ Attend training courses and appropriate scientific meetings to develop competency in and awareness of evolving best practices in professional publications and relevant external research activities


+ Bachelor of Arts or Science with six years of experience in a scientific writing or medical communications discipline or

+ Master of Arts or Science with three years of experience in a scientific writing or medical communications discipline or

+ PhD or PharmD with postdoctoral experience

Experience | Skills


+ Principled and strong written and verbal communications

+ Effectively work in a team environment is essential

+ Proficiency with MS Office and with graphing scientific data necessary


+ Understanding of vaccine immunology

+ Basic or clinical research experience in vaccines with related peer-reviewed publications

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., 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 …

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.


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Requisition ID: R160902

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Job Posting: JC202174205

Posted On: Jan 16, 2022

Updated On: Jan 31, 2022