Senior Scientist

Date: Jul 18, 2019

Location: Rahway, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: PRE000737

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. 

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated scientist with an outstanding scientific track-record and passion for pharmaceutical product development.

Additional responsibilities are as follows:

Propose new, innovative approaches for product development, generate experimental designs, execute experimental plans and interpret data

Support internal capability development by evaluating new technologies and deploying them to pipeline assets.

Collaborate effectively within and across functional areas and possess advanced knowledge or experience in a specialized scientific area. The desired individual is someone who will bring knowledge and creativity to the position as well as have the discipline to drive results

Execute formulation and process development activities using DOEs for new chemical entities or life cycle management opportunities

Coordinate development activities with process chemistry, preformulation, analytical, and physical characterization groups

Outsource/co-ordinate formulation development or clinical manufacturing at CROs/CMOs

Facilitate manufacturing, packaging and release of clinical supplies for clinical studies, assist in scale up activities at pilot and commercial scale, and summarize results in technical reports and presentations

Enhance Merck’s professional image and competitive advantage through patents, presentations, publications and professional activities and advance areas such as science and technology development, technical and business strategic improvements, business process innovations

Maintain awareness of relevant new and current technologies, capabilities, and effectively share this knowledge with others


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline.  B.S. or M.S. degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline with minimum of 6 years relevant industrial experience.

Required Experience and Skills**: 

  • Proven ability to identify and develop innovative ideas
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design and execute complex experiments and data analysis
  • Ability to work effectively with team-members of diverse skill sets and backgrounds
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Pharmaceutical development experience
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, fundamentally characterize and address manufacturing challenges through the development and optimization of novel production technologies.
  • Experience with advanced drug product manufacturing technologies, including: continuous manufacturing, 3D printing, controlled release and/or oral delivery of large molecules.
  • Experience with process modeling, simulation and automation integration in the pharmaceutical and/or industrial manufacturing sector.
  • 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

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. 


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Job: Preclinical Dev Generic
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: General lab materials
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: New York City
Nearest Secondary Market: Newark

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