Senior Scientist, Biologics Analytical Research & Development
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. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology, we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.
The Biologics Analytical Research & Development department of our Research & Development Division is seeking applicants for a Senior Scientist position available at its Kenilworth, New Jersey research facility. The Senior Scientist is a laboratory-based scientific role tasked with solving complex analytical problems at the interface of biology, chemistry, and lab informatics disciplines to enable development of Biologics drug substances and drug products. The successful candidate must function well and be able to collaborate in a fast-paced, integrated, multidisciplinary team environment.
The qualified candidate will be responsible for development, qualification, implementation, troubleshooting and transfer of analytical methods for monoclonal proteins or other complex therapeutic proteins. Applicants must have effective organizational, multi-tasking, oral/written communications skills, show scientific leadership, and a desire to conduct research and publish. Experience leading small groups of technical personnel and analytical projects will aid in distinguishing candidates. Evidence of strong cross-functional collaboration in an academic or industrial setting is also preferred.
Ph.D. in analytical chemistry/biochemistry or related field or M.S. with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Required Experience and Skills:
Strong background and experience in separations science
Extensive experience with UPLC/HPLC analysis of biologics (e.g., SEC, RP, IEX) and CE techniques.
Experience in process- or impurity-related residual assay development
Background in Analytical Methodologies and sound scientific understanding of Critical Quality Attributes/QbD/DOE principles as well as data analysis and statistics for setting specifications
Ability to design, execute and development of methods for release, characterization, and stability testing of clinical trial material and in support of product and process development
A strong team player with excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently for development of assays and cross-functionally for successful transfer of assays. Plan assay optimization and documentation to meet program deadlines.
Authoring and reviewing internal technical reports, sections of regulatory filings (e.g., IND, BLA) and external scientific publications.
Strong ability to deliver complex objectives under aggressive timelines in a rapidly changing environment.
Demonstrated scientific ability through publications and presentations in scientific conferences.
Preferred Experience and Skills:
Experience with qualification, validation, and transfer of assays to a GLP or regulated laboratory environment as listed in ICH Q2 and USP.
Experience in representing analytical functional area on project teams.
Strong knowledge of protein structure and degradation pathways
Mass spectrometry for large molecules
Molecular biology (PCR, DNA extraction) and immunoassay (ELISA, gel electrophoresis) techniques
Experience in analysis of various Biologic modalities (e.g., mAb, antibody-drug conjugate, fusion protein)
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.
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