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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Scientist, Bioprocess Process Research & Development

Business Development

Strategic Planning



Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

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Attention NJ Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities, and robust scientific methodology, we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

The Biologics Process Research & Development (BPR&D) organization within our company's Research Laboratories is responsible for developing the drug substance manufacturing purification processes for our company's biologics pipeline. BPR&D includes three core technical functional areas: Process Cell Sciences (PCS), Upstream Process Development (UPD) and Downstream Process Development & Engineering (DPDE). Subject matter expertise within BRP&D spans one or more of these areas: cell line development, bioreactor process development and optimization, media formulation, chromatographic and filtration separation development as well as computational modeling and data science.

We work closely with colleagues in Discovery, Pre-clinical and Early Development to rapidly develop manufacturing processes for diverse biotherapeutics, and efficiently manufacture material to supply clinical trials. We are also responsible for late stage/commercial process development and development of new manufacturing technologies (e.g., continuous production and green and sustainable development), working with our partners in our company's Manufacturing Division to commercialize and launch new products.

This job posting covers opportunities for all the above three functional areas. We are actively looking for highly motivated individuals with a passion for innovation and interest in contributing to one OR more of the three core technical functional areas mentioned above.

As an Associate Scientist in our BPR&D department you will work with a highly collaborative team of scientists and engineers to design, develop, and execute robust biologic processes in support of early- to late-stage biological products. Your objective will be to apply rigorous science principles to solve challenging problems focused on developing the best process to deliver life-changing medicines to patients worldwide. You may also have an opportunity to contribute to additional areas of interest such as biophysical, process, economic and/or multivariate modeling as we are committed to leveraging digital ways of working to enhance our ability to design robust processes.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the development of innovative and disruptive technologies for next-generation biologic manufacturing processes.

  • Develop and characterize robust clinical processes capable of delivering multi-kilogram quantities of drug substance.

  • Independently design and conduct experiments for individual unit operations using relevant operational parameters and analytical inputs.

  • Integrate unit operations both physically and with relevant process control and monitoring platforms for concurrent operations.

  • Collaborate across BPR&D, process analytics, and other functional teams in both R&D and manufacturing to advance the biologics pipeline.

  • Conduct laboratory-scale and/or pilot-scale studies to support scale-up and tech transfer of processes.

  • Contribute to a safe and compliant laboratory work environment.


BS (or expected graduation by May 2023) in chemical engineering, biological sciences, microbiology, structural biology, or a related field.

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Scientific understanding of the engineering principles for recombinant protein production unit operations.

  • Knowledge with aseptic technique, protein biophysical properties, and general protein laboratory practices.

  • Strong passion and commitment to integrate science and innovation into biologic process development.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Experience with molecular biology, protein expression, mammalian cell culture, protein purification, biochemical engineering or analytical technologies would be welcomed.

  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis tools such as the design of experiments and multivariate data analysis

Keywords: #BPRD, #PRD

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., 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.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Requisition ID:R199612