Merck Senior Scientist (Process Engineer); Biologics Pilot Plant 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.

Applications are being sought for an engineering position in Merck Research Lab’s (MRL) Biologics Pilot Plant (BPP). The candidate will be responsible for providing technical manufacturing support in the field of engineering and equipment maintenance. Provides day-to-day engineering support for assigned area within the clinical vaccine bulk manufacturing pilot plant. Assigned tasks include support and monitoring of equipment performance and maintenance, propose & develop equipment and facility improvements and troubleshoot process equipment to ensure reliable, compliant and efficient operations. Actively ensures GMP quality, safety, environmental, and operating cost goals are achieved. A good understanding of the regulatory guidelines governing GMP operations is important. Some overtime (including weekends) may be required as well as occasionally carrying an on-call phone to support off-hour manufacturing.


• Works with Operations, EM&U engineers, Maintenance Supervisors and mechanics to maximize capacity and assure efficient, reliable equipment operation in accordance with all GMP, safety and environmental regulations.

• Champions the preventive and predictive maintenance program within your area of responsibility, reviews equipment history for reliability concerns, performs root cause analysis, and identifies reliability improvement opportunities and applications for predictive maintenance technologies to reduce maintenance costs. Develops maintenance and repair strategy in area of responsibility for bi-annual shutdowns.

• Assists/leads Operations, maintenance supervisors, mechanics, automation engineers, and Quality representatives in troubleshooting equipment problems as well as investigating manufacturing atypical events related to system failure or malfunction.

• Serves as the project engineer and manager for small projects including scope development, design support, field execution and commissioning/qualification testing.

• Identifies spare parts and stand-by equipment needed to assure maximum capacity and reliability.

• Supports maintenance scheduling and planning processes in area of responsibility.

• Supports positive safety culture and participates in HAZOP reviews and Safety inspections. Promotes open communications, inclusion and team work.

• Authors Standard Operating Procedures or User Manuals and assists in training development for mechanics and supervisors.

• Assists in the preparation of process studies and equipment utilization.

• Explains and enforces all GMPs, safety, and environmental regulations.

• Assist in audits, regulatory inspections and training in the area of responsibility.

Education Minimum Requirement:

• B.S. Engineering, Science, or 4 Year Engineering Technology Degree.

Required Experience and Skills:

• Minimum of 3 years of manufacturing experience or technical support group or equivalent.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Proficient in the following competencies: empowering leadership, flexibility, motivation, teamwork/collaboration, problem-solving, communication, and computer skills.

• Knowledge in the application of engineering standards (i.e. ASME, IEEE, NFPA, CFR 1910, NIST, and/or ANSI)

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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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Title: Senior Scientist (Process Engineer); Biologics Pilot Plant

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: BIO005129