Associate Scientist, Analytical Development – Animal Health

Rahway, NJ, US
January 11 2018
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Requisition ID: PRE000636

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’s Animal Health (MAH) Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.  


Merck Animal Health, a global, research-driven company that develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services, is seeking Analytical Development Scientists for our R&D facility in New Jersey. This Scientist will support the progression of molecules from discovery throughout the development process, transforming drug candidates into marketed products for Merck Animal Health, a company whose products enable pets and people to enjoy their time together and help keep livestock healthy to ensure a safe, sustainable, and high-quality food supply.

The professional in this position will: 

  • Support the analytical development of high priority drug candidates. 
  • Work in a team environment on multiple, concurrent projects and experiments of varying complexity, with the support of senior scientists and managers in the organization. 
  • Execute studies to characterize key physical and chemical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients, and formulated drug products (e.g., tablets, solutions, implants). 
  • Maintain high-quality documentation, analyze and interpret data, and prepare technical reports , with the support of senior scientists and managers in the organization. 
  • Work as part of a team to develop, characterize, and apply new analytical methods, generating data to guide product development and secure successful commercialization of new veterinary medicinal products. 
  • Techniques often used by persons in this position include separation techniques (e.g., HPLC, GC, TLC), in-vitro dissolution, general/wet chemical methods, physical characterizations (e.g., particle size analysis, SEM and light microscopy), spectroscopy (e.g., UV/Vis and FTIR) and thermal methods (e.g., DSC, TGA). 
  • The candidate will be trained to develop good laboratory skills and a solid understanding of analytical and physical chemistry. 
  • This position requires the ability to work well in a highly collaborative environment as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or other scientific discipline

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Qualified candidates must have strong technical skills and undergraduate research experience. 
  • Experience should include a basic knowledge of analytical laboratory techniques. 
  • Ability to work under the general direction of a laboratory supervisor is required.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • The ideal candidate will have a personal drive for results and a demonstrated history of achievement in pharmaceutical research & development. 
  • The candidate should have strong oral and written communication skills, including experience authoring technical documents. 
  • Attention to detail, customer focus, and continuous improvement are also important to this role.  

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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