Associate Principal Scientist

Date: Jun 13, 2019

Location: Rahway, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: PRE000700

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 extensive experience in pharmaceutical product development from the drug discovery interface through commercialization of oral drug product manufacturing. 

Additional responsibilities are as follows:
  •  Lead development of new, innovative approaches for product development, generation of experimental designs, execution experimental plans and data analysis
  •  Drives evaluation of new technologies and leads capability build to deploy them to pipeline assets
  • Collaborates effectively within and across functional areas and is a recognized subject matter expert in at least one area of drug delivery and/or drug product manufacturing technology. 
  • The desired individual is someone who will bring knowledge and creativity to the position as well as have the discipline to drive results
  • Can indpendently execute formulation and process development activities using DOEs for new chemical entities or life cycle management opportunities while also helping to coach others in a collaborative environment
  • Coordinate development activities with process chemistry, preformulation, analytical, and physical characterization groups
  •  Leads project activities at external manufacturing sites
  • 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 with a minimum of 4 years relevant industry experience.  
  • M.S. degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline with minimum of 8 years relevant industrial experience.
  • B.S. degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline with minimum of 12 years relevant industrial experience.

Required Experience and Skills: 
  • Capable of leading formulation development activities in matrix team environments to define a robust formulation and manufacturing process
  • Experience with conventional and novel drug product technologies that can be utilized to develop pipeline assets, including hands on experience to independently operate in a pilot plant as well as an in-depth understanding of the science to train others in the department
  • Recognized as a technical expert and scientific contributor with proven ability to identify and develop innovative ideas
  • Has broad knowledge of formulation science and in depth-knowledge in multiple areas, including core understanding of the drug development process
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design, execute and lead complex experiments and data analysis
  • Track record of working effectively with team-members of diverse skill sets and backgrounds
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Prior experience leading development projects at an enterprise level
  • Capable of mentoring individuals in a peer to peer fashion and as a technical mentor
  • Recognized as a subject matter expert in at least one drug delivery and/or manufacturing technology
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, fundamentally characterize and address manufacturing challenges through the development and optimization of novel production 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

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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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: yes: : Hazardous materials include drug substance, solvent and drug product intermediates used in the drug product manufacturing process.
Company Trade Name: Merck

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

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