West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Scientist in our Research & Development Vaccine High-throughput Development & Innovation group based in West Point, Pennsylvania. We seek candidates that are self-motivated, well-organized, and have strong problem-solving and strategic thinking skills.  We also look for those that demonstrate ability to learn new techniques, and work independently and on a team. Excellent communicate skills in verbal and written formats is essential.  Our job responsibilities include:

  • Serve as an individual scientific contributor to deliver high throughput process development (HTPD) solutions to process teams and to conduct microscale screening experiments as required to drive vaccine development.

  • Contribute to a range of specific activities including, but not limited to: (1) developing HTPD workflows and associated high-throughput analytics; (2) drive screening experiments for cell/virus culture, reaction chemistry, and chromatography development; (3) identifying opportunities to utilize HTPD to enhance process understanding; (4) implementing and maintaining robotic systems with liquid-handling hardware and (5) programming of robotic systems, user interfaces, and automated data analysis operations. (6) supervising or mentoring junior scientists

  • Serve on cross functional teams engaged in novel vaccine development.  Actively interacts with internal and external counterparts.

  • Occasional travel and off hour/weekend work may be required.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS in Chemical Engineering or Biological Sciences or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years’ experience or

  • MS in Chemical Engineering or Biological Sciences or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years’ experience  or

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Biological Sciences or a related discipline with a minimum of 3 years post-degree experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • At least three (3) years relevant working experience in identifying and implementing HTPD solutions for application to large biomolecule process development (e.g. viral vectors, vaccines, therapeutic proteins).

  • A minimum of  two (2) years experience in the process development of large biomolecules including vaccines or therapeutic proteins.

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in a general purpose programming language (e.g. VB/VBA, Python, C++, Matlab),  and/or strong expertise in laboratory automation (e.g. Tecan, Hamilton, HighRes) and related software and computational tools

  • Strong technical background in upstream (e.g. cell & virus culture) and/or downstream (e.g. chromatography, membrane filtration operations) unit operations for large biomolecules

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Direct experience with live virus operation and thorough knowledge of established safety practices for working with such organisms including hands-on experience with Biosafety Level 2 operations.

  • Experience and understanding of large biomolecule analytical techniques, including HPLC, cell-based assays, spectroscopic & microscopic imaging methods, etc.

  • Demonstrated project management skill

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe. 

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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West Point, Pennsylvania

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com.

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