Senior Specialist, Chemist

Danville, PA, US
January 10 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005751

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. 

The basic function of this position is to, independently or as part of a project team, plan, design, and implement varied technical projects and studies requiring knowledge of engineering and/or the physical sciences. Work requires expertise and full application of sound scientific principles, theories, concepts, techniques, and project management skills, as well as a working knowledge of Merck methods, standards, procedures, and practices. The incumbent is expected to collect and interpret information and develop solutions to projects of various scopes. Minimal supervision, guidance, and direction is employed by the supervisor, however, periodic checks and reports are required to review soundness of technical judgment and the status/schedule of the effort. 

The incumbent will report to the Technical Operations Director or to a P4 Chemist.  

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Development, design, construction, validation, or initial operation of chemical, pharmaceutical, safety/environmental processes and facilities using new or existing technologies for new and in-line human products. 
  • Analysis of complex processing problems through critical analytical thinking and the design/execution of laboratory/pilot scale experiments.
  • Development of sound scientific justification for planned material and process and equipment changes. 
  • Technology transfer of products and processes to Merck manufacturing plants and licensees worldwide. 
  • Analysis of current and proposed environmental and drug and/or biological product regulatory requirements and determination of the applicability and impact on Merck operations. 
  • Development of corporate engineering, quality, and/or environmental policies and standards and in the assessment of compliance status for both Merck and non-Merck facilities. 
  • Supports the site strategy by implementing project plans to reduce costs and improve productivity. 
  • Responsible for documentation preparation, maintenance, and review including SOP's, process descriptions, atypical process reports, and change requests.


  • Ph.D. degree in engineering/scientific field......OR bachelor's degree in engineering/science with at least 15 years of work experience in manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing or technical support experience in a pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills including flexibility and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated analytical abilities.   
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
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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