Principal Scientist - Clinical Microbiologist

West Point, PA, US
February 08 2018
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Requisition ID: BIO005068

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. 

We are seeking an experienced candidate, preferred PhD or MD, to provide non-clinical microbiology support for late stage product development, product registration, and life-cycle management for antibacterial therapeutics.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the capacity to provide leadership and strategic direction for the assessment and positioning of the primary pharmacology attributes for antibacterial drugs. Candidate will have in-depth experience on the mechanism of action of anti-infective agents as well as diagnostic tests enabling patient enrollment, assessing clinical response, and detection of resistance mechanisms. The successful candidate will be the primary interface between the Anti-infective Basic Research group and Product Development teams as well as other functions in the Merck Research Labs (MRL) and the Global Human Health (GHH) commercial organization.  

The position will be responsible for ensuring that key data required to support the registration and marketing of anti-infective agents are available and documented in a regulated environment. The Candidate will be expected to establish effective interactions with Clinical, Regulatory, Bioinformatics and Statistical Data managers in addition to establishment of key external collaborations and partnerships, including key scientific leaders, commercial diagnostic companies, and guidelines committees to ensure that data and capabilities are secured for supporting product registration, labeling, commercialization, and post-approval support.



• MS degree in a Biological Sciences or related discipline with a minimum of 10 years of experience in industry and or academia.
• Preferred: MD or PhD


• Must have strong communication and presentation skills
• Prior experience with drug development
• Successful track record with registrations
• Able to publish key literature references in support of the Merck Anti-Infective product portfolio

Preferred :

• Anti-Bacterial Product Registration experience

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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