Associate Specialist, Engineering Job

Elkton, VA, US
August 17 2017
Organization Type
Associate Specialist, Engineering-ENG003418


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 Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

At Merck’s campus in Elkton, Virginia, we have an Associate Specialist, Engineering position available on our Technical Operations Team. The manufacturing facility is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains a short distance from the University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, vaccine product manufacturing facilities.

Responsibilities may include: 

- Providing technical support for vaccine, biologic, and sterile manufacturing processes in the form of data analysis, troubleshooting, problem-solving, report writing

- Supporting change control implementation

- Learning new processes and procedures

- Performing shift work as needed

- Conducting technical investigations and analyses

- Recommending and implementing corrective and preventative actions, and helping lead reduction of atypical events

- Writing, reviewing, and improving procedures for operation of equipment and processes

- Contributing to process and equipment safety reviews



- B.S. or M.S. degree in, biology, biochemistry, biochemical engineering, biological systems engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, integrated science, or related disciplines and 0-3 years of relevant industrial experience.


- Excellent academic record

- Strong verbal and written communication skills, team skills, personal character, and ethics

- Strong problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving, with a bias towards going to see problems for oneself in the field.

- Ability to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, maintenance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and resolve it.

- Enthusiasm, confidence, and initiative-taking ability needed for continuous learning and its applications.

- Strong desire to succeed and to help others to do the same.


- Experience working in a cGMP environment

- Work, co-op, or internship experience in industry

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: Engineering Generic

Job Title:Assoc. Spclst, Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-VA-Elkton

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 7

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Hazardous Materials: Acids, bases, process materials

Company Trade Name:Merck