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Merck & Co, Inc


Business Development

Strategic Planning


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our ability to excel relies on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity, and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement, and teamwork. As part of our global team, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Applications are sought for an opportunity in the Vaccine Process Development (VPD) department, which is part of the company's Research Labs division of our company. The individual will support our company's discovery & development efforts for Vaccine programs at West Point, PA.

The successful candidate is expected to work with other upstream scientists and engineers, typically focusing on one to two vaccine programs at a time, while also supporting the overall program management and governance activities across larger multi-functional and cross-divisional teams. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude. The candidate will have the ability to learn new techniques, to balance multiple projects, to keep accurate records, to follow instructions, and to comply with company policies. The successful candidate will possess proven ability to work in a hands-on laboratory setting and excellent organization, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Design, execute, and analyze process development experiments to maximize understanding of cell culture and fermentation processes to make vaccine products

  • Contribute to the development of new principles, concepts, and methods to enable process development, scale-up of processes to pilot scale, and technology transfer to manufacturing scale

  • Conduct laboratory bench work to execute, optimize, and troubleshoot cell culture or fermentation processes

  • Analyze, summarize, and present experimental results in a collaborative team environment

  • Mentor the work of contract staff in the laboratory settings. Provide technical guidance in the various aspects of the upstream process development of the vaccine candidate

  • Conduct lab work in a way which complies with company expectations of data integrity and safety


B.S. or M.S. or Ph.D in relevant filed:

  • Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering or related field

  • Science and Technology: Cell Biology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology or related field


  • For B.S., at least two (2) years of post-graduate experience in bioprocess/biotechnology-related position (vaccines and/or therapeutic proteins).

  • For M.S., at least one (1) year of post-graduate experience in bioprocess/biotechnology-related position (vaccines and/or therapeutic proteins) or relevant academic research thesis.

  • Has a strong scientific understanding of fermentation and cell culture processes. Has experience with hands-on bioprocess development.

  • Excellent scientific understanding of cell biology for vaccine production including cell metabolism and molecular biology.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in bench scale bioreactor, shake flask, or other cell propagation system for the optimization of cell culture or fermentation processes.

  • Position requires employee to be willing to work with infectious agents and/or pathogens.

  • Position requires occasional travel and off hour/weekend work.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Prior experience with small scale (