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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Scientist, Biologics and Vaccines - ELISA-Vaccines ( MERCUSR189078ENUS)

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West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

Job Description:

Biologics and Vaccines Analytics (BVA), in our Manufacturing Division, is responsible for the commercialization of large molecule, vaccines and biologics, analytical techniques from Phase III through launch and transfer to supply. This team is highly motivated, fast-paced and focused on the rapid advancement of our Company's large molecule vaccine pipeline, plus growth of existing vaccine products. We also provide in-line analytical support to enable world-wide robust product availability.

Position Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as an Associate Scientist for ELISA-based potency assays in support of our vaccine programs. This position will work in a GXP environment under the direction of a laboratory lead and will be expected to execute vaccine potency assays utilizing immunoassays (i.e. ELISA) or other binding-based methodology. The candidate will work with team colleagues to deliver high quality results for these immunoassays, supporting assay development, validation/ transfer, technical troubleshooting, process development testing and regulatory submissions.

Specific Job Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Analytical ELISA method development, robustness, validation

  • Execution of ELISA methods to test process development samples

  • Documentation of laboratory execution applying Good Documentation Practices (GDP).

  • Scale-up and optimization of bioassay methods.

  • Management of individual project deliverables as they fit into the larger overreaching project timelines.

  • Authoring of technical documents that support Biological License Applications (BLAs).

  • Commercial life-cycle management of analytical strategy for vaccines.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related science with at least 1 year of relevant experience in analytical execution, development, validation, and/or quality control (QC).

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding and experience with bioassays, specifically immunoassays (such as ELISA, EIA) or other binding based assay technology.

  • Ability to independently follow procedures and work within a cross-functional team

  • Ability to learn new techniques

  • Good technical, communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and teamwork skills

  • Self-motivated with a positive attitude

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience working in a Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) laboratory environment in the area of large molecules (vaccines, biologics) with experience in immunochemical analytical methods\

  • Experience with Electronic Notebook and LIMS systems.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

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.


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.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Requisition ID:R189078