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Merck & Co, Inc

Device Development Associate Principal Scientist – Development Strategy, Design Controls and Risk Management




Rahway, New Jersey, United States

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Device Development Associate Principal Scientist – Development Strategy, Design Controls and Risk Management (Associate Director Equivalent)

Our company’s Device Development (DD) Team designs, develops, and commercializes novel biologic/drug/vaccine - device enabled combination products to achieve safe and effective delivery to their intended site of action. The DD Team manages the development of the device constituent of our company’s pipeline of combination products across a variety of therapy areas and routes of administration including inhalation, implantation, and injection.

Job description:

This position will be responsible for leading and implementing medical device and combination product design controls and risk management activities for both new products and inline products from early design concept definition through commercialization to support regulatory filing, product launch, and post-market surveillance.

This position will interact with cross-functional development teams within and external to Device Development. The incumbent must be able to work well with all levels of employees and be able to effectively coordinate the execution of device development strategies. This individual will be expected to apply his/her knowledge of product development, design control principles and risk management techniques to positively support and influence clinical and commercial combination product development and launches to ensure they are developed and manufactured in accordance with regulatory, company, and customer requirements.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead/contribute to device development, design controls and risk management strategy for the assigned projects.

  • Lead the implementation and/or ensure effective execution of the device development strategy, design controls and risk management activities for the assigned projects while adhering to management-approved strategic plans, corporate policies, and providing clear communication to cross-functional stakeholders, including external suppliers.

  • Proactively resolve project obstacles and challenges and communicate device development strategy, design controls and risk management approaches within Device Development and with external suppliers

  • Understand and apply regulatory / compliance requirements relative to design controls and risk management activities.

  • Lead the preparation of materials for program presentations for management review and regulatory submission.

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of design controls and risk management processes, procedures, and tools.

  • Enhance our Company’s professional image and competitive advantage through publications, presentations, patents, and professional activities

  • Stay current with relevant regulations, technologies, standards, and effectively share this knowledge with others



  • B.A./B.S in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial and System Engineering, or other types of engineering plus 10 years of related experience

  • Has broad knowledge of medical device development, design controls and risk management

  • Led and managed development of DHF (design history file) deliverables for medical devices

  • Recognized as a subject matter expert in at least one medical device development or design controls and risk management area

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

  • Proven track record of applying analytical skills in product design, development, and evaluation

  • Self-motivated and work independently

  • Proven ability to work with team members of diverse skill sets and backgrounds

  • 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


  • Master’s degree in one of the above disciplines plus 7 years related experience OR a PhD in one of the above disciplines plus 5 years related experience

  • Experience with the development drug-device combination product or a medical device component of a combination product

  • Experience with leading development projects at an enterprise level

  • Experience with device design, requirement management, FMEA, design verification, design validation, statistical sampling, and control strategy

  • Experience with regulatory fillings

  • Working knowledge of ISO 11608 and ISO 11040


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

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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Expected salary range:

$130,960.00 - $206,200.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R269769