Virtual Coffee Chat: Launch a Career at Merck & Co.

August 11, 2021
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Curious about careers in industry research? Come meet Merck & Co. scientists, including UCSF alums, to hear about career opportunities at Merck & Co. for grad students and postdocs. This is a great opportunity to get insider tips on how to be competitive!

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You are welcome to attend the whole event, or just part of it. You decide your level of participation!

  • Short presentation on careers in industry at Merck & Co. (12 - 12:30 p.m.; No participation required for this part of the event)
  • Open Q&A with Merck & Co. scientists on transitioning from their training as grad students/postdocs to working in industry (12:30 - 12:50 p.m.; No participation required for this part of the event, but your questions are welcome!)
  • Speed networking with Merck & Co. scientists (1 - 1:30 p.m.; Participation is required for this part of the event. UCSF career counselors will also be available to answer general questions about preparing for industry careers. If you would like to participate, please come prepared with questions you would like to ask, and see our general tips on networking as well as specific advice for virtual networking)


Anthony Ogawa, Principal Scientist, Discovery Chemistry, Merck & Co.

Anthony's Bio

Ask Me About: Merck Discovery Chemistry -- Small Molecule and Larger Modalities Drug Discovery, as well as Chemical Biology. Merck Discovery Chemistry is hiring for multiple Senior Scientist positions across the network in South San Francisco, Boston, Kenilworth (NJ) and in Chemical Biology. Come talk informally about these roles if you’re interested! I’m also happy to answer questions expanding on my career in drug discovery at Merck; preparing for a career in industry; and transitioning into a leadership role in industry.

Alan Cheng, Director, Computational & Structural Chemistry, Merck & Co. (UCSF Alum)

Alan's Bio

Ask Me About: Internships and future roles in biologics design, small molecule and peptide drug design, computational chemistry, and cheminformatics. We are currently recruiting for a computational protein design position in SSF and a cheminformatics position in Boston.

Jill Chrencik, Principal Scientist, Computational & Structural Chemistry, Merck & Co.

Jill's Bio

Ask Me About: Internships and future roles in x-ray crystallography and Cryo EM to drive medicinal chemistry design strategies. Small molecule and large molecule programs.

Cedric Hugelshofer, Senior Scientist, Discovery Chemistry, Merck & Co.

Cedric's Bio

Ask Me About: Discovery Chemistry at Merck, transition from academia into industry, small molecule drug discovery, opportunities besides “classical job role” (intern mentoring, publishing scientific work, collaborations).

Oscar Ekpenyong, Senior Scientist, PPDM Discovery Bioanalytics, Merck & Co.

Oscar's Bio

Ask Me About: Although I am not the hiring manager, there are several open positions (internships, co-ops and full-time) in my department.

About Merck & Co.

At Merck, we are inspired by the belief that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to scientific excellence can create medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives. Every employee builds on our proud legacy of scientific breakthrough and invention, founded on a culture of respect and collaboration. Our ability to impact the lives of patients worldwide depends on the integrity, creativity, humility and scientific acumen of our team. At Merck Research Labs, you'll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills through collaboration with talented and dedicated colleagues while advancing your career.

How Merck & Co. supports diversity, equity, and inclusion

Our workforce represents the people we serve. Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are not just words – they are the reason we are able to deliver on our promise to invent for life. We foster a diverse workforce where employees feel comfortable bringing their unique perspectives to work. Diversity is only half of the story; inclusion is just as important. Inclusion means a sense of belonging. When our employees know they are crucial to our mission and can bring their whole selves to work, not only will they thrive, but our company will, too.

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Contact Linda Louie, Program Director of Career Exploration, Experiential Learning, and Employer Engagement, at [email protected].

A note about our virtual events: We would like to welcome you, as and where you are, to our virtual events. If there are times you just don’t want to be on camera, feel free to attend this event with your camera and mic off. If you prefer to switch on your camera and participate that’s great too. And if this event just won’t work for you please remember you can always make an appointment with us at any time. 

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.