Job description

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

A Senior Scientist leverages a deep understanding of machine learning model development and related software development to generate rapid prototypes of potential analytics products for manufacturing division. Our team works closely with complementary IT teams to develop, deploy, launch, and improve analytics products at scale in production systems. The data scientist would also take part in an ad-hoc consulting role for other efforts. The data science team participates in all project phases including ideation, business case development, project definition, data discovery and preparation, model development, product prototyping and assisting adoption. They may also be involved in product deployment through a systems life cycle and industrialization processes.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work independently in designing and developing innovative quantitative approaches (with a strong focus on machine learning and deep learning) and enable decision-making to influence key programs/projects of our Company.

  • Application of machine learning and deep learning to developing tools for process monitoring and process optimization.

  • Development of end-to-end digital solutions.

  • Understanding of customers’ or stakeholders’ needs, requirements, and expectations.

  • Build and share in-depth domain knowledge of research and trends in one or more sub-specialty areas of data analytics with cross-functional stakeholders

  • Design and guide the development of applications, platforms, and business processes to derive value through scientific analytics.

  • Stay abreast of current industry best practices and trends.

  • A software Engineering mindset to produce quality artifacts (code, models, documentation, ML pipelines, etc.)

  • A data-centric mindset

Education Requirements:

  • Masters degree with 2+ years of scientific working experience in Data Science, Machine Learning or Computer Science.

  • PhD in Data Science or Machine Learning or Computer Science - recent college grad

Qualifications :

  • 2+ years of scientific working experience in Data Science, Machine Learning or Computer Science.

  • Extensive knowledge of traditional supervised and unsupervised Machine Learning algorithms.

  • Familiarity with a broad range of Deep Learning algorithms.

  • Prior working experience with Python 3.x programming language.

  • Prior working experience with scikit-learn and at least one of the major Deep Learning frameworks (Keras, TensorFlow or PyTorch)

  • Familiarity with Feature Engineering (at least structured data)

  • Excellent communications skills to share info and results with tech and business users

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Familiarity with Docker and Docker Compose

  • Experience working in an Agile context

  • Experience doing ML on the cloud (AWS preferred)

  • Some exposure to Deep Learning-based Computer Vision

  • Familiarity with Feature Engineering (unstructured data)

  • Familiarity with CI and MLOps best practices

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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.


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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.

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