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Principal Scientist, Next Generation Sequencing and Genomics


A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.


United As One for Patients, our purpose in Healthcare is to help create, improve and prolong lives. We develop medicines, intelligent devices and innovative technologies in therapeutic areas such as Oncology, Neurology and Fertility. Our teams work together across 6 continents with passion and relentless curiosity in order to help patients at every stage of life. Joining our Healthcare team is becoming part of a diverse, inclusive and flexible working culture, presenting great opportunities for personal development and career advancement across the globe.

Your role:

  • Accountable for evaluation and execution of Precision Medicine driven clinical genomics/NGS  biomarker assays with specific focus on “fit for purpose” regulated  clinical biomarker assay development, validation, transfer, implementation, sample testing for clinical development  programs
  • As part of the Global Clinical Biomarkers & Companion Diagnostics (CBD) , contribute to clinical  biomarker & CDx testing and comprehensive  data analysis: closely collaborate with colleagues from multiple departments including bioinformatics and biostatistics, medical lead , medical affair , BD,  clinical operation,   etc. to design and implement the data analysis plans, interpret biomarker and CDx results for clinical decision-making.
  • Act as subject matter expert (SME) and provide support in Precision Medicine Focus clinical biomarker driven  hypothesis testing & generation according to biomarker development plan(s). Candidate will oversee the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays (including pharmacodynamic, predictive, prognostic, safety and other biomarkers) 
  • Conduct the Real world Clinical genomic data mining by working with bioinformatics, Biostat and Epidemiology group using different data sources.
  • Working with global team to support the regional (China, Japan , APAC ) clinical biomarker driven trials and/or global trials regional branch.
  • Proactively works across project teams and partner lines (BD, Medical Affair etc. ) to conduct scientific & technical review of novel advanced  biomarker technologies to build-up cutting edge biomarker/CDx capabilities
  • Participate in preparation of clinical biomarker study plan linked to the clinical  trial in close collaboration with CBD colleagues and other relevant functions.
  • Contribute to preparation and update of biomarker prioritization lists in alignment with other relevant functions. Contribute to clinical genomics / NGS  biomarker/ CDx content in submission documents.
  • Contribute to review of clinical trial  documents   trial; including but not limited to LSD, LES, CTP, CTP amendments etc..
  • Lead /co-lead the project related   and advanced biomarker technologies focused external and internal  scientific publication efforts .
  • Prepare requests for information (RFI), requests for proposal (RFP), scope of work (SOW) and other relevant necessary documents for vendor qualification and  support clinical outsourcing activities across project teams.
  • Provide scientific and operational oversight of CROs and other ancillary vendors as appropriate to supervise CROs to achieve high standards of productivity and quality in supporting clinical BM/CDx outsourcing practice.
  • Assist in development of CBD global outsourcing strategies. Contribute to establish & standardize outsourcing practices/tools to support clinical studies and ensure adherence to company’s strategy, policies, goals and procedures.



Who you are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Genetics, Genomics, Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry or other Science or Medical discipline with 12+ years of experience in Pharma or CRO or Master's degree in Genetics, Genomics, Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry or other Science or Medical discipline with 10+ years of experience in Pharma or CRO


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Genetics, Genomics, Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry or other Science or Medical discipline with 12+ years of experience in Pharma or CRO or Master's degree with 10+ years of experience in Pharma or CRO or PhD with 8 year’s Pharma or CRO. experience; or Medical degree with experience in clinical biomarkers/CDx, and/or translational research in a global pharmaceutical company strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated “hands-on” experience in “fit for purpose” clinical biomarker assay development under regulated environment for clinical implementation using varieties of technologies (e.g. Clinical Genomics, RNAseq, NGS,  , etc.)
  • Expertise in clinical biomarker discovery and development, with advanced skills in biomarker assay design, development, troubleshooting, transfer, validation and sample analysis.
  • In-depth understanding of scientific and operational requirement (considerations) in executing biomarker and/or CDx strategies in clinical development is required.
  • Proven experience with reviewing of clinical trial related documents in candidate’s area of expertise (e.g. LSD, LES, CTP, CTP amendments).
  • Proven abilities in managing outsourced clinical biomarker projects within quality, timeline, and budget expectations. 
  • Track record of publications in clinical/translational biomarker study as well as contribution/authorship in documents for regulatory submission.
  • Oncology or immunology experience preferred




What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!


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Job Requisition ID:  228136
Location:  Billerica
Career Level:  D - Professional (4-9 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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