Assoc Prin. Scientist, Bio Process

Requisition ID: BIO005396
Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.
Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world's premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we're doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.
Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.
Applications are sought for a leadership opportunity in the Merck Research Laboratory Vaccine Bioprocess Research and Development Organization based in West Point, Pennsylvania. The job responsibilities might include but are not limited to the following:
Participates in and/or lead a process development team to support the upstream development, process characterization, and technology transfer for vaccine products. Contribute to the development of new principles, concepts, and methods to enable process development, scale-up of processes to pilot scale, and technology transfer to manufacturing scale
Conduct laboratory bench work to execute, optimize, and troubleshoot cell culture or fermentation processes. Provides technical leadership for the design of experiments, data analysis and interpretation, as well as providing mentorship to junior staff
Represent functional area in cross functional and strategic teams engaged in novel vaccine development. Actively interacts with internal and external counterparts.
Authors required regulatory and technical documentation. Ensures that process/product are developed and documented according to standard Merck practices.
Occasional travel and off hour/weekend work may be required.
All candidates must be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Additional expectations include a willingness and ability to learn new techniques, perform tasks in parallel, keep detailed and accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies. In addition to having demonstrated scientific and technical expertise, all candidates must possess excellent skills in organization and communication (both written and verbal).
Education Minimum Requirement:
Ph.D. in engineering, virology or biological sciences
Required Experience and Skills:
At least four (4) years of relevant working experience in a biotechnology-related field (e.g. viral vectors, vaccines, therapeutic proteins)
Strong scientific understanding and at least four (4) years hands-on experience of fermentation and/or mammalian cell culture processes in bioreactor systems
A demonstrated knowledge of virology and cell biology
Preferred Experience and Skills:
Experience working within a BSL-2 environment
Strong understanding of cGMP principles as well as direct hands-on experience in cGMP manufacturing
Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.
If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.
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Job: Bio Process-Ferment/Cell Cultr
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: Live Virus
Company Trade Name: Merck
Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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