Merck Principle Scientist / Engineer, Vaccine PD in West Point, Pennsylvania

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.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Applications are sought for a leadership opportunity in MRL Vaccine Bioprocess Research and Development. Individual will support Merck’s discovery & development efforts for large molecule viral programs with application to vaccine and oncology at West Point, PA. A key element of this assignment is to coordinate multiple program activities with Bioprocess R&D functions, Basic Research and various functional groups within Merck.

The successful candidate will have a strong command of virology, fermentation and / or animal cell culture with practical hands-on process development experience. Individual will have excellent scientific understanding of viral interactions with immune system, cell biology for vaccine production including virology, cell metabolism, molecular biology and process scale - up.

The successful candidate will also provide technical and scientific leadership and subject matter expertise to all Merck vaccines programs, both in research and development, as well as in manufacturing and life cycle management. Individual is expected to provide technical leadership to various functional and strategic teams engaged in development of the vaccine candidate. The successful candidate will guide and mentor the upstream scientists and engineers, typically focusing on 1 - 2 programs at a time, while coordinating the overall program activities across much larger multi-functional and cross-divisional teams. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude. They will also have the ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies. Candidate will also have proven ability to work in a hands-on laboratory setting and excellent organization, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Virology or Biological Sciences with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • At least four (4) years of experience in biotechnology - related position (vaccines and / or therapeutic proteins) after graduation.

  • Must have strong scientific understanding of virology, fermentation and / or cell culture and experience with aseptic production vaccines or therapeutic proteins.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in processing of live virus, vaccines, biologics, and cell culture, fermentation equipment.

  • Strong understanding of upstream process characterization or expression system development for vaccines and / or biologics.

  • Experience in immunotherapy or oncolytic virus.

  • Experience working with viral systems within a BSL - 2 environment.

  • Strong understanding and experience in cGMP manufacturing.

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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Title: Principle Scientist / Engineer, Vaccine PD

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: BIO005171