Senior Scientist, Preclinical Development

Date: May 20, 2019

Location: Kenilworth, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: PRE000735

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.


We are currently seeking a Senior Scientist, Preclinical Development to join our growing team in Kenilworth, NJ.   You will be responsible for designing and developing sterile products for small molecule, peptide, oligonucleotide, and biologic drugs for injectable and ophthalmic routes of administration.  You will support both early and late stage development, including screening and development of robust drug product compositions, developing scalable processes and defining primary packaging.

In this exciting role, you will:

  • Support appropriate compatibility characterization to enable processing of drug product and dosage administration in toxicology and clinical studies.
  • Build deep fundamental knowledge around the drug product and document experimental findings and conclusions in formulation development reports.
  • Be an active participant on formulation development project teams and interface and collaborate with key stakeholders to drive project milestones.
  • Contribute to and champion organizational initiatives and innovation objectives.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

A Ph.D.  in Chemical/ Biochemical Engineering, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field OR Masters in related field with a minimum 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated scientific creativity

  • Robust technical background

  • Desire and willingness to learn and contribute

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Ability to work in a team environment and with cross-functional groups


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of sterile product development, parenteral drug delivery, and process development reflected through academic or industry experience and external publications / patent. 

  • Experience with regulatory filings for sterile dosage forms (liquid, lyophilized, complex systems)

  • Knowledge in modeling, fluid dynamics, chemistry, pharmacokinetics, biochemistry, protein sciences, chemical kinetics, transport phenomenon, polymer chemistry, physical pharmacy.

  • Experience in formulation/process, definition of critical attributes for process scale-up and analytical development.

  • Experience with NDA/ BLA filing for non-conventional sterile dosage forms including ocular dosage forms or peptide therapeutics, and/or alternate delivery technologies (e.g. hydrogels, emulsions, suspensions, injectable depot).

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
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