Forensic Chemist

Date: Jun 12, 2019

Location: West Point, PA, US

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Requisition ID: QUA009094

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.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide expert level of forensic analysis on the testing of suspected counterfeit, diverted, tampered, and other illicit Merck products.
  • Evaluate evidence submitted to the Forensic Services Laboratory to provide the best professional scientific examinations.
  • Support the development of new analytical methods for counterfeit drug detection and characterization, including research and validation of new or existing techniques, procedures, methods, and instruments used in the laboratory.
  • Participate in the quality management system and in the quality assurance evaluations through internal and external quality system audits; competency and proficiency testing; and facilitate in the improvement of the laboratory systems.
  • Maintain and evaluate laboratory procedures, quality standards, and application of best practices to assess system enhancements and incorporate industry advances.
  • Maintain internal and external cooperative working relationships through effective written and oral communication.
  • Maintain and support evidentiary admissibility standards.
  • Compile statistical data and maintain records; write scientific reports; and present and interpret analytical results.
  • Testify in court as a subject matter expert witness regarding laboratory operations, physical evidence, forensic results,scientific analysis, and case knowledge. 
  • Understand the admissibility complexities of scientific evidence and providing expert testimony.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with investigators, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors.
  • Serve as a scientific and technical subject matter expert on forensic testing for the detection, identification, and characterization of illicit Merck products.
  • Laboratory Management and Organizational Leadership
    • Consult with the Laboratory Supervisor to assess instruments, equipment, and tools are appropriately well maintained and operational to allow for maximum efficiency and protection from evidence contamination. Document proper operation, calibration, and maintenance of instruments, equipment and tools.
    • Consult with the Laboratory Supervisor regarding the operation of the Forensic Services Laboratory; ensuring the examination, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence meets the appropriate standards in the scientific investigation of pharmaceutical crimes.
    • Consult with the Laboratory Director and Laboratory supervisor to develop short and long term planning strategies based on forensic standards and best scientific practices.
    • Develop leadership core competencies.
    • Model leadership behaviors within GSAG and in the larger Merck organization.

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Bachelor’s degree in forensic science, chemistry, or related scientific field plus 2 years of relevant laboratory experience -OR- a completion of a graduate degree in a relevant scientific field.
Required Experience and Skills:
  • Demonstrates an expert understanding of the principles and practices, applications, concepts, theories, and limitations of
  • methods associated with forensic science and analytical counterfeit drug detection.
  • Able to provide subject matter expert witness testimony based on scientific analysis.
  • Demonstrates an expert ability to plan, direct, organize, and coordinate projects. Makes effective decisions or
  • recommendations to resolve and mediate conflicts. Initiates and follows through on projects.
  • Demonstrates an ability to identify and analyze problems, identify and evaluate alternative solutions, make decisions or
  • recommendations, resolve problems, and consult with appropriate staff and resources as needed, based on knowledge,
  • experience, and expertise.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with and supporting senior leadership.
  • Ability to champion new ideas or positions to meet key laboratory goals and initiatives.
  • Strong commitment to safety and compliance requirements and laboratory accreditation standards.
  • Must possess and demonstrate strong oral and written communication, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in highly collaborative and matrixed environment.
  • Must be innovative, independent, and able to manage an aggressive workload in a high performing environment.
  • Pass a background investigation, including drug screening, for the handling of controlled substances.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Advanced degree (MS, PhD) preferred.
  • Experience in Forensic Sciences
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations (GxP,etc) and counterfeit drug detection and investigations
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: Quality Lab Related
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable):
Hazardous Materials: Yes
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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