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Post-Doctoral Position, Protein Engineering & Biochemistry

Posted 13 Nov 2017

St. Louis, Missouri - United States

Req Id 165442


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 50,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.



Job Description

Researcher-Innovator-Problem Solver-Wetlab Wizard wanted for a high risk, high reward synthetic biology project within the Merck Innovation Unit (part of Group Strategy & Transformation). You will join a multidisciplinary core team in the development of foundationally disruptive technology with the potential to unlock new business markets.

This position reports to the Project Head of R&D at the MilliporeSigma Laclede site in StL, but may involve collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders distributed across geographic regions / time zones.


  • The candidate will work on innovative solutions to a specific biotechnology/synthetic biology problem, with responsibilities including:
    • Experimental design, execution, data collection, and analysis to further the project goals.
    • Specifically including design, engineering, purification, and assay of novel enzyme activities.
  • The candidate will report to and closely collaborate with the Head of R&D, based mainly at the MilliporeSigma Laclede site in StL.
  • The candidate will communicate progress during physical and virtual team meetings. Occasionally these may occur at times out of conventional office hours due to the global distribution of project stakeholders.


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, or related field.
  • Candidate should have excellent knowledge of:
    • Protein purification techniques and enzymology.
    • Recombinant protein techniques in one or more industrial biological systems
    • Enzymatic Assay development, particularly in high throughput.
    • Automated aqueous chromatography.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in:
    • Automated high throughput systems.
    • Nucleic acid biochemistry.
  • Candidate should have ability to:
    • Design and execute experiments to achieve desired milestones in determined time frames.
    • Proactively drive forward a complex innovation project.
    • Rapidly learn new skillsets and speciality knowledge as necessary.
    • Apply excellent interpersonal and cooperative skills in a partly-virtual team setting.
    • Communicate concisely and clearly to both expert and non-expert audiences.

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