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Merck Principal Scientist, Downstream Process Development and Engineering in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Job Description

Our Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance team push the boundaries of global healthcare through research and innovation. Through clinical trials and surveillance, we ensure the safety and efficacy of our existing and pipeline products to produce safe, effective, innovative medicine.

As a Principal Scientist in the Downstream Process Development and Engineering group within our Research and Development Division's Labs Biologics Process Development and Research, you will be responsible for the development of purification processes for diverse therapeutic proteins in our Company's portfolio from discovery to launch.

This requires expertise in both filtration and chromatography, as the scope spans from cell harvest to final drug substance. This position includes development of clinical and commercial manufacturing processes for new protein candidates, process transfers to clinical manufacturing sites, and the associated robustness/process characterization data and regulatory packages to support commercialization.

As a Principal Scientist, you will lead cross-functional pipeline programs, interacting with Discovery, Analytical Research and Development, Pharmaceutical Sciences and manufacturing. You will contribute to advancing our purification platform, via collaborations and external presentations/publications.

You will also provide technical supervision to a small group of scientists. The expectations of the position are clear communication, innovative thinking and encouragement of a transparent, diverse, and collaborative work environment.

Required Education:

  • PhD in Biochemical/Chemical Engineering or related fields with 5+ years of industry experience

  • MS in Biochemical/Chemical Engineering or related fields with 10+ years of industry experience

  • BS in Biochemical/Chemical Engineering or related fields with 14+ years of industry experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Downstream purification expertise in filtration and chromatography

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and collaborative skills

  • Ability to work in team environment with cross-functional interactions

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong external profile as evidenced by collaborations and publications

  • Experience in both early phase and late phase process development

  • Regulatory knowledge and experience contributing to Investigational New Drug applications and Biologics Licensing Agreements

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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: BIO005556