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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Scientist, Microfluidics, Protein Engineering ( MERCUSR139459ENUS)

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Engineering



Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law

The Protein Engineering group in Rahway, New Jersey is seeking a Senior Scientist to expand our capabilities in microfluidic technologies for drug discovery and development. The mission of the Protein Engineering group is to engineer enzymes for use as biocatalysts to synthesize APIs and to engineer proteins and peptides as biotherapeutics. We leverage computational modeling, advanced automation, and high-throughput screening. We are committed to developing new technologies that enhance protein engineering and improve human health. To forward these goals, we are establishing a microfluidics team that will build on our previous success in developing microfluidics technologies to enable protein engineering.

The microfluidics team is tasked with advancing microfluidics based tools and methodologies for application to high-throughput and bench-top automation. The primary focus of this team will be on the development of ultra-high throughput protein engineering and discovery workflows for direct impact on pipeline projects. Expertise in microfluidics, microelectromechanical (MEMS) device engineering, and protein engineering are highly desired.

As a member of the microfluidics group, the incumbent is expected to carry out independent research which involves conceiving, designing, planning, and implementing experiments that maximize the value of microfluidics-based methodologies. A high level of innovation, creativity, and self-initiative along with the ability to plan and execute technically sound experiments are expected. The incumbent must have excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills and exhibit strength in delivering results on firm deadlines.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology or a related field.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Established subject matter expertise in one or more of the following topical areas:

    • Directed Evolution, Metabolic engineering, Protein structure and function

    • High-throughput and Bench-top Automation

    • Microfluidics for digital biology

    • Microfluidics Modeling and Simulation – Experience with Multiphysics and CAD modeling

  • Strong technical/problem solving skills including chemical engineering fundamentals

  • A strong interest in process/technology development and large data set analysis

  • A high level of innovation, creativity, and self-initiative

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

  • Excellent communication skills

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., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.


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Requisition ID:R139459