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Merck & Co, Inc

Device Development Scientist – Human Factors

Business Development

Strategic Planning


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The scientist in this position will be responsible for performing and managing human factors activities to ensure compliance with US and global regulatory policies/guidance for all combination products and medical devices in our Company's portfolio and pipeline including acquisition products. The scientist in this position will apply knowledge of human performance (perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills) and Human Factors techniques to a wide range of systems’ issues, across the product lifecycle: including customer needs identification, user profiles, task analysis, use risk analysis, user interface design, usability testing, hazard analysis, and post-launch outcomes analysis.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform and manage human factors activities throughout the whole product design and development cycle within the constraints of a regulated environment, including creating human factors plan, working with other disciplines to identify customer needs, intended use and potential hazard/harm, providing product and packaging design inputs/requirements, performing task and use error analysis, designing instructions for use, conducting formative/summative studies, preparing regulatory submission materials, addressing post market surveillance and training need.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional colleagues to create innovative and intuitive-to-use products and ensure regulatory compliance. The cross functional team includes marketing, product planning/project managing, development, clinical, regulatory, purchasing, manufacturing, and labeling.

  • In collaboration with cross-functional colleagues, ensure the management and maintenance of records and databases that support regulatory compliance

  • Collaborate cross- functionally to support and maintain the internal HFE processes to ensure consistency, efficiency and compliance

  • Support other quality and GMP compliance activities relating to combination products and medical devices

  • Perform scientific literature reviews and database research on various topics independently and synthesize relevant information in support of the human factors research Perform other job related duties or special projects as required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • B.A./B.S in Human Factors, Ergonomics, Cognitive or Experimental Psychology, Sociology plus three years of related experience or M.A/M.S. in one of the above disciplines

  • Proven analytic skills in the product design, development and evaluation

  • Proven project management skills

  • Self-motivated and work independently

  • Proven ability to work with multidisciplinary teams.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and a strategic thinker; able to influence without formal authority; ability to influence and present ideas to senior leadership

  • Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation, project management and organizational skills.

  • Willing to travel.

  • Able to quickly pick up advanced domain knowledge.

  • Able to multi-task continuously.

Preferred Requirements:

  • M.A/M.S. in one of the above disciplines

  • Working knowledge of medical device or pharmaceutical industry.

  • Knowledge with U.S. and global Medical Device and healthcare regulations, including FDAs combination products cGMP, Quality System Regulation, FDA Human Factors guidance, ISO 14971, EN 62366, Council Directive 93/42/EEC, etc.

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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Expected salary range:

$80,320.00 - $126,500.00

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Requisition ID:R226570