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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Scientist, Engineering

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Engineering


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Job Description:

As part of Our Company’s Manufacturing Division, the Sterile Drug Product Commercialization group provides the technical process leadership and laboratory capabilities for late stage and commercial drug product processes for Vaccines, Biologics, and sterile pharmaceutical products. It is the division’s leader in sterile product and process development, responsible for commercialization activities including process scale up, technology transfer to internal and external sites, process validation, authoring of regulatory submissions and support of significant manufacturing investigations. The group is responsible for establishing the science, engineering and knowledge required for today’s innovative and accelerated commercialization of novel Vaccines, Biologics, and pharmaceutical products and combination products.

The Senior Scientist is a drug product commercialization scientist/engineer, responsible for these key activities within the Sterile Drug Product Commercialization department. Our engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve, and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation. As a member of the Process Engineering group, the individual also has a key focus on driving excellence for our process scale up, transfer and validation activities.

This position may require travel up to 10%; Must be able to travel for this position.

Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves on cross functional drug product (DP) working groups and supports DP activities through filing and Process Performance Qualification (PPQ), including registration stability study execution, process characterization plan and execution, tech transfer control strategy, process development, PPQ readiness, PAI (Pre‐Approval Inspection) readiness, approval, launch and post‐launch support.

  • Ensures commercialization programs meet requirements related to science, quality, reliability, schedule, and cost.

  • Provides mentorship and technical oversight to employees. Uses experience gained on scientific/technical issues to guide others to address non routine and/or difficult issues.

  • Responsible for the design and execution of DP development and commercialization studies, new product introduction and process validation at commercial sites.

  • Ensures fit-for-purpose scale-down models are developed and employed. Establishes and validates platform engineering and scientific models for sterile product and process commercialization.

  • Innovates and drives best practices for commercial site tech transfer, facility fit and development of the DP control strategy. Includes the classification of process parameters, performance parameters, operating ranges, in-process controls.

  • Drives continuous and phase appropriate process optimization towards standardized platforms for liquid, lyophilized, and combination product presentations.

  • Establishes and fosters a culture of high performance, out of the box thinking, innovation and learning, empowerment, diversity and inclusion.

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field with 5 years of relevant experience; or

  • Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field with 3 years of relevant experience; or

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Technical expertise in drug related manufacturing processes for large molecules, including laboratory and/or fundamental models for key unit operations.

  • Experience with technology transfer and scale-up of processes to pilot and/or manufacturing scales.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively articulate understanding of process science, in order to drive decision making, impact assessments, design of studies, etc, in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in biologics drug product process operations, scale-up and technology transfer of sterile products to pilot/commercial.

  • Knowledge of combination product development

  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements or current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for commercialization of sterile drug products

  • Working knowledge of statistical methods for DOE design and data analysis, statistical process control (SPC), multivariate analysis (MVA), and/or process analytical technologies (PAT) techniques for manufacturing processes

  • Experience in Data Analytics, Computer Modeling, and Digital Applications (e.g. 3-D printing).

  • Working comprehension of analytical methods to characterize vaccines, biologics and other sterile drug products


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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.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Requisition ID:R257487