Senior Scientist – Flow Chemistry

Date: Dec 1, 2017

Location: Rahway, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: CHE005712

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 Senior Scientist, Flow Chemistry, is responsible for development and implementation of novel flow chemistry and continuous processing technologies to ensure the design and development of robust, sustainable and efficient API manufacturing processes.  

The Senior Scientist, Flow Chemistry reports to a Director, Process Research & Development in the Merck Research Laboratories organization. This role requires laboratory chemistry execution using flow working closely with multidisciplinary teams comprised of chemical engineers, analytical and synthetic organic chemists. The candidate, as part of the flow chemistry team is responsible for advancing an internal culture of scientific excellence, identifying emerging trends and in defining the field based on fundamental mechanistic and engineering principles. 

Critical tasks involve enabling new chemical transformations and influencing route design.  The broader flow chemistry team also supports API campaigns at lab, pilot and manufacturing scale. Candidates must be passionate about establishing themselves as a flow chemistry and continuous processing subject matter expert with the Process Chemistry Department, and must be enthusiastic to mentor those new to the field. Maintaining a strong external network in the academic community is expected.



  • Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field OR M.S. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field with a minimum of 4 years of industry experience in flow and continuous processing


  • Working knowledge of flow chemistry
  • Demonstrated history of high impact publications and presentations
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated fluency in organic chemistry principles


  • Experience in electrochemistry or photochemistry
  • Working knowledge of gas-liquid reactions
  • Familiarity in programming and lab automation

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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