Senior Scientist, Vaccine Formulation and Process Development ( MERCUSR167683ENUS)
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The Vaccine Drug Product Development in our Company Research Laboratories, West Point, PA is seeking a Senior Scientist (R3) to join a team focused on development of Subunit Vaccines and novel adjuvant systems. The main responsibilities include the design, execution and documentation of lab-based activities to develop, characterize and optimize antigen and adjuvant formulations.
The successful candidate should possess educational background and experience in characterization and formulation optimization of Antigens (protein, glycoconjugates) and novel adjuvants formulations. Additionally, candidate should have experience in drug product process development ( liquid, lyophilization) scale-up and fill/finish. Good documentation practices, strong communication and collaborations skills are essential. The candidate should be able to work in a fast-paced team environment, able to contribute to multiple programs, and be able to learn new skills quickly.
Minimum required education:
Ph.D +2 years, M.S. +4 years in chemical/biochemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline
Required Experience and Skills
Product development experience with Protein, glycoconjugate and novel adjuvants.
Experience in using biochemical and biophysical methodologies to characterize proteins, protein complexes, conjugates and higher order particle assemblies.
Experienced in liquid and lyophilized formulation and manufacturing process development.
Understanding of manufacturing stresses and potential degradation pathways of novel antigens/adjuvants.
Proven written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational and technical problem-solving abilities.
Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
Desired Experience and Skills
Experience in development/characterization of drug product manufacturing unit operations (freeze/thaw, mixing, sterile filtration, filling, stoppering, visual inspection, etc.).
Experience developing small scale models for process scale-up.
Experience with preparation and manufacturing of safety assessment and clinical supplies.
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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 …
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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