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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Principal Scientist/Engineer, Drug Delivery Device and Combination Product Analytical

Aerospace and Aviation



West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

Associate Principal Scientist/Engineer, Drug Delivery Device and Combination Product Analytical. The Center for Packaging & Device Analytics (CPDA), within our Manufacturing Division, has responsibility for impactful physical, analytical & material science to support packaging production and commercialization of new product packaging and drug-delivery medical device/combination-products (MDCPs). As a Center of Excellence, we support the entire global-human-health portfolio and closely partner with various Packaging/Device Technology engineering groups, packaging sites, and other analytical groups.

The CPDA is located at our West Point, PA facility. We own and administer our company’s internal packaging technology laboratories, which we use for (1) non-compendial qualification of new components & configurations, (2) characterization and verification of MDCP design/functionality, and (3) applied science to advance significant technical investigations. The group also makes important contributions to new technology assessment, packaging control strategy, line qualification & quality risk management, authoring new filing sections, improving incoming/in-process/on-line physical testing at manufacturing sites, and, serving as the company experts on primary packaging barrier modeling & configuration design, container closure integrity (CCI).

The CPDA is seeking an Associate Principal Scientist/Engineer who, as an individual contributor, can act as an MDCP analytical lead for one or more exciting projects. A key aspect of the role is leadership, within a cross-functional working group, to develop & own both an analytical strategy (to satisfy Design Controls inputs) as well as the timeline, which includes managing analytical efforts. The role will naturally include substantial technical creative challenge for Device Characterization and more formal Design Verification, which includes development & validation of mechanical test methods as well as coordination & technical oversight for internal CPDA staff or external lab testing (where required) to meet project timelines and deliverables. To excel in the role, one must be creative and skillful in problem solving and applied experimental physical science relevant to mechanical devices, as well as be a highly effective communicator (written and verbal), collaborator and technical coach. Ideally, the candidate has prior hands-on analytical experience with MDCP and Design Controls.

Education Requirement (minimum):

  • MS or Ph.D. in Mechanical, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering (or equivalent field)

Required Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of 3 years with Ph.D. (6 years with MS) in a role responsible for medical device or combination product development verification, method development and testing.

  • Experience with mechanical testing, imaging, and measurement equipment and techniques. Including (but not limited to) tensile/compression/torsional testing, materials characterization, x-ray computed tomography, rheonmetry, and microscopy.

  • Excellent collaboration and leadership skills, to work as part of cross-functional teams to meet project timelines and deliverables.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience developing innovative Device Characterization and Design Verification (DV) strategies/mechanical tests with validations, incl. engineering studies, design verification protocols, stability studies and validation protocols, with appropriate selection of acceptance criteria.

  • Experience with medical device development with understanding/familiarity of Design Controls (21 CFR 820.30) and relevant industry standards is a plus.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

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

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Requisition ID:R241781