West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines, and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants, and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified itslegacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

We are seeking an Associate Principal Scientist to join our Vaccine Analytical Research and Development team located in West Point, PA. In this role, an individual will work with a team of scientists applying state of the art separation methods to facilitate vaccine development.

The responsibilities of this role will be to lead and supervise a team of scientists applying chromatographic and other separation and biochemistry methods to support vaccine process development, formulation development, vaccine investigations, vaccine characterization, method qualifications and transfers.

You will have strong analytical capabilities and experience with CE and liquid chromatography (LC). The candidate must also have experience with analysis of biological molecules and analytical method development and troubleshooting. Previous experience working in a GMP environment, training and leading lab scientists, transferring and qualifying assays would also be directly applicable to this role. You will be able to work both independently and in a team and have excellent communication and leadership skills. You will be able to work and collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and provide technical input to enable team decisions. Lastly, you will be expected to lead in authoring and reviewing scientific documents including development reports, analytical method protocols, qualification protocols, and electronic notebooks.

Education Minimum Requirement:

A degree in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Science or a closely-related field plus indicated experience are required: PhD with a minimum of 2 years post-degree experience OR Master’s with a minimum of 7 years post degree experience OR Bachelor’s with 10 years of experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience training and leading junior scientists

  • Experience with CE, HPLC, UPLC

  • Experience with analysis of biological molecules.

  • Experience with analytical method development.

  • Ability to troubleshoot technical issues related to CE and chromatography methods.

  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.

  • Capable of multi-tasking and managing multiple projects.

  • Motivated to learn new skills, willingness to take on new challenges, and scientific curiosity.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with Immuno-Assays.

  • Experience working in a GMP regulated environment.

  • Experience with method transfer.

  • Experience with assay robustness evaluation, method validation or qualification.

  • Familiar with ICH guideline of analytical procedure validation.

  • Solid computer skills, experienced with automated laboratory instrumentation, and independent analytical problem-solving capabilities.

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.


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Requisition ID:R135587

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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