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Merck Scientist, Oral Formulation Sciences in Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

Our Clinical and Pharmacovigilance teams manage studies to provide the safety and efficacy data required for regulatory approval of potential new drugs, vaccines and new indications for existing products. We ensure we conduct high quality clinical trials by integrating state-of-the-art technology and applying rigorous scientific and ethical standards.

Our company's Pharmaceutical Sciences organization translates molecules to medicines, working from the discovery interface through registration stability manufacturing by designing, developing and scaling-up the formulation, device, and manufacturing process. Driving drug product design from the bench top to the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) manufacturing facilities, our Scientists use cutting edge science to transform drug delivery and manufacturing technology to positively impact patients.

The successful candidate will be a passionate Scientist with prior industry experience and a drive to develop new medicines to improve human health. In this role, the individual will be responsible for leading elements of the formulation development of new chemical entities as part of a matrix team from initial first in human formulations (suspensions, solutions, capsules, tablets) through final market formulation definition and manufacturing process robustness assessment.

Primary responsibilities are as follows:

  • Develops and applies basic principles and scientific concepts to execute work in a laboratory or pilot plant environment to develop solid oral drug products.

  • Capability to lead manufacturing operations in non-GMP and GMP environments.

  • Executes routine experiments and data interpretation with independently.

  • Ability to operate and trouble shoot equipment and processes.

  • Utilizes laboratory/pilot plant skills and fundamental scientific principles to execute on daily responsibilities and contributes to the development of project team strategy.

  • Can understand overall project timelines to manage prioritization of individual contributor deliverables with minimal supervision.

  • Works well with others in collaborative team environments.

  • Builds awareness of relevant new and current technologies to grow as a pharmaceutical Scientist.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology or related discipline with a minimum of 3 years' relevant industrial experience. Other degrees may be considered with relevant work experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Prior industry experience in the pharmaceutical industry or related field.

  • Ability to learn and apply new scientific principles to execution of daily responsibilities in an independent manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to collate and conduct basic data analysis in an independent manner.

  • Prior experience with Microsoft Office, statistical software (JMP, Minitab), and/or numerical analysis software (Matlab).

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to learn and grow independently and in team environments.

  • Prior experienced with advanced simulation/modeling software packages (gSOLIDS, Solidworks, ANSYS Polyflow, etc.)

  • Experience with advanced drug product manufacturing technologies.

  • Desire to build new capabilities through the evaluation of new technologies and hands-on optimization of existing technologies.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply the principles of physical/organic chemistry, physical pharmacy & materials science to solving practical pharmaceutical development problems.

  • Hands-on experience in pharmaceutical pilot plants

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: R39300