Tips in Securing an Industrial Position: A Hiring Manager’s Perspective


You have identified your perfect industrial research position with the ideal company.  What steps can you take to ensure that you are considered as a top candidate for this job?

Dr. Joseph Duffy has served in every role of the scientific recruiting process for Merck, from campus visitor to his current position as chair of the Global Discovery Chemistry Recruiting Committee.  In this presentation, Joe will provide a perspective from the hiring manager on each step of the candidate identification, evaluation, and recruitment process. He will provide specific tips to consider to ensure that you present the best possible package in your applications and interviews.

Speaker’s Professional Biography

Dr. Joseph Duffy is an Executive Director of Discovery Chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, New Jersey. He supervises several preclinical drug discovery teams, providing scientific leadership and managing interdisciplinary resources. His teams are primarily focused in the cardiovascular, diabetes, anti-infective, and neuroscience fields.

Joe’s career at Merck has included work in all phases of drug discovery, from lead identification and technology development (combinatorial chemistry) through clinical phase II/III candidate development teams.  In addition to his scientific responsibilities, Joe leads the Global Discovery Chemistry Recruiting Committee.  This team identifies and evaluates candidates for all open Discovery Chemistry positions at Merck’s research facilities in the United States.

Joe received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Harvard University under the direction of Professor David Evans, where his research established methods and models for the efficient synthesis of natural products.  Joe is an alumnus of Kent State University (B.S. in chemistry) and of Eastman Kodak Research Labs Co-Op Program (research associate).


Open to students and postdocs at MSK, Weill Cornell, and Rockefeller University

Date & Time(s)


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Rockefeller Research Laboratories
430 East 67th Street
RRL Auditorium
New York, NY 10065


For further information about this event, please contact Thomas Magaldi, PhD, Administrator, Office of Career Services, at or 646-888-3507.


Office of Career Services
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Registration Details

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Joseph Duffy, PhD
Executive Director of Discovery Chemistry
Merck Research Laboratories