Director, Molecular & Materials Characterization (MMC) Job

Rahway, NJ, US
July 13 2017
Organization Type
Director, Molecular & Materials Characterization (MMC)-CHE005425


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 Director, Molecular & Materials Characterization is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership for all physicochemical characterization of pharmaceutical materials. This includes small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), process, and in some cases drug-product intermediates for all new Merck products as well as implementation of new technologies and platforms to benefit partners across Discovery Chemistry, Process Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Pre-clinical development.

The Director reports to the Associate Vice President, Analytical Research & Development and will be directly responsible for a team of up to 15 senior and associate level scientists. The position is accountable for delivering materials characterization methodologies and phase screening platforms to ensure successful advancement of molecules from discovery through development and commercial launch. The Director is also accountable for enabling adoption of new technologies and approaches related to PAT and additionally while the majority of materials will be small molecules, there is a need to advance capabilities for biophysical characterization of complex molecules such as synthetic peptides, bioconjugates and small proteins. The incumbent must have the ability to set strategy and enhance implementation of material characterization methodologies across Merck.

The incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting, appraisal and development of personnel under his/her supervision. The Director selects, trains, and effectively recommends transfers, merit increases, promotions, and closures of personnel under his/her direction within the framework of Company policy. The role will also be responsible for proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and budget management as necessary.

Maintaining a strong external network across the academic community is expected, as well as advancing an internal culture of scientific excellence and collaboration and this will be a core responsibility for the Director, Molecular & Materials Characterization.



- Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry or related pharmaceutical science OR an MSc with commensurate work experience


- A minimum of 5 years of experience and demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional groups with proven talent development skillsets.
- PhD with minimum 5 years OR MSc with minimum 8 years
- Incumbent must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.
- Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines in support of compound discovery, development and commercial filing

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: Chemistry

Job Title:Dir, Chemistry

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Hazardous Materials: Research & commodity chemicals

Company Trade Name:Merck

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