Scientist - Biologics Process Development

Date: Jun 26, 2019

Location: Kenilworth, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: BIO005501

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. 

We are seeking a motivated scientist to join the Downstream Process Development and Engineering group within Biologics PR&D in Kenilworth, NJ to support process development for diverse therapeutic protein candidates in the Merck Research Labs pipeline.  The individual will be responsible for the development of clinical and manufacturing processes for new protein candidates, focusing on both early and late stage programs with work spanning from initial process development for First in Human trials to process characterization for commercial manufacturing.   In addition, the scientist will be responsible for supporting their development work with in-process analytics.  They should have a strong background in biochemical engineering fundamentals or protein biochemistry and a focus on downstream unit operations such as chromatography or filtration would be beneficial.  Additionally, the position will require close collaboration with different functional areas of BioProcess (cell line development, upstream, analytical, formulation), the manufacturing commercialization group, and external Contract manufacturers.


Education Minimum Requirement:  BS in Biological Sciences/Chemical Engineering/Biological Engineering/Biochemistry with min of 3 years experience or MS

Required Experience and Skills: 
o Experience in downstream process development (such as chromatography and filtration processes) for protein therapeutics
o Strong understanding of protein biochemistry and its relation to purification process development. 
o Excellent oral and written communication skills
o Demonstrated ability for independent execution of experiments
o Demonstrated ability to collaborate within teams (cross-functional and/or remote teams). 
Preferred Experience and Skills:
o Experience with statistical design of experiment and data analysis using JUMP or other software
o Experience with high throughput process development
o Knowledge of analytical HPLC/UPLC separations, and experience of operating, maintaining, trouble-shooting HPLC/UPLC systems.

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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Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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